You can only hope they hedged their bet.
A bettor at the William Hill sportsbook at the Downtown Grand Casino was one win away from turning a $5 wager into a $162,930 payday. The bettor needed a win by No. 1 Oklahoma over No. 19 Iowa State on Monday night to complete a 15-leg parlay and win William Hill's multisport progressive jackpot.
The Cyclones wouldn't let it happen, though. They knocked off Oklahoma 82-77 in Ames, Iowa. Don't call it an upset, though. Iowa State was a 2-point favorite over the top-ranked Sooners at most sportsbooks.
The bettor had already picked 14 straight-up winners over the weekend. The selections were the New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos in the NFL; Villanova, Virginia Commonwealth, Baylor, North Dakota State, Florida, San Diego State, Cal Poly, Creighton and Wisconsin in college basketball; and the San Jose Sharks in NHL action.
The $162,930 prize would have been the second largest single payout of progressive jackpot at William Hill, according to director of marketing Michael Grodsky. With Iowa State's win, the jackpot climbs to $180,250 next week.
It was not known whether the bettor hedged the bet. If not, the bettor lost $5.