The Cardinals won the World Series, and now I win as well.
Yes, that’s my ticket from the sports book at Mandalay Bay for a bet I placed on March 2. The odds were 12/1 on the Cards winning the World Series at the time, and I wrote about the whole experience back on March 6.
At the time, I surely wasn’t thinking about actually cashing in. As I wrote then:
In early March, hope springs eternal when you’re standing there at the betting window. I could make $240 if the Cardinals win this year’s Series. And at least it was $20 I didn’t just throw away in a slot machine.
I actually forgot about the ticket for a while. After returning from Vegas, I’d stuck it in an envelope and put it in the drawer of my nightstand. A month or so ago I remembered the bet.
Before the World Series, I actually got the ticket out and read the small print on the back on how to cash in — them promptly realized I completely jinxed the Cardinals by daring to do such a thing. I felt even more strongly I’d done so when I mentioned to a few people about the ticket and how I could win. Bad karma, wondering about my dollars before they could become a reality.
Plus I regretted all the more, as I’d done shortly after leaving the betting window on March 2, not taking the advice another friendly sports book employee had given me in 2005 when I’d also placed a bet on the Bears to win the Super Bowl. (They were 500/1 odds, so I couldn’t resist.) If you’re picking a team to win it all, you should also put money on them winning the division championship. If they do win, you get an extra payout. If they get there but don’t win, at least you earn something. So as the Series began, I kept thinking about the additional $20 I didn’t put on the Cards to win the National League pennant and how I could have at least won $100. (So keep that in mind next time you’re in Vegas! I certainly will.)
Happily I didn’t jinx a thing, and now have a winning Vegas ticket for the first time in my life. It’s certainly not the most lucrative ticket out there — this guy definitely takes that honor — but at least it’s something tangible coming my way.
And it’s an extra $240 to spend on Cardinals World Series championship merchandise … guilt-free.
Christine Coleman is the senior St. Louis Cardinals reporter for Aaron Miles’ Fastball. Follow her on Twitter, @CColeman802, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also follow @AMilesFastball for the latest updates.