Miami Man Wins $1 Million In ESPN.com’s Free Streak For The Cash Game
Game Continues Until December 31; Will Return for Second Run in January;
Progressive to Return as Presenting Sponsor
Progressive to Return as Presenting Sponsor
Samuel Louis-Charles, a 31-year-old package-handler from North Miami, Florida won $1 million dollars last night in ESPN.com’s Streak For The Cash presented by Progressive game.* Charles, who is originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., picked the Pittsburgh Steelers to defeat the Dallas Cowboys Sunday afternoon for the prize-winning pick. When the Steelers scored 17 unanswered points in the last seven minutes of the game to come from behind and win, Charles notched his 25th straight correct pick. That made him the first player to reach the magic mark and gave him the top prize in the first edition of ESPN’s Streak For The Cash.*
Streak For The Cash is a free daily game launched August 25 and challenges players to select the outcome of various daily sports-related questions, and features a grand prize of $1 million when a player reaches a streak of 25 correct picks. In less than four months, more than 1.1 million fans are playing Streak For The Cash, registering nearly 20.5 million total picks to date.
ESPN also confirmed that Streak For The Cash will return in January 2009, with Progressive again as the presenting sponsor, and will offer another $1 million prize.
“We are thrilled Samuel Louis-Charles is our first million dollar winner in Streak for the Cash,” said John Kosner, senior vice president and general manager, ESPN Digital Media. “It takes a wealth of sports knowledge to pick 25 in a row, and a lot of skill and guts to do it while competing against a million other fans. We are overwhelmed at the response and the drama that the game has generated, and we’re looking forward to Streak II.”
Louis-Charles, whose online screen name was “Bigsam1122”, has worked methodically to build his winning streak. He won his 23rd straight game on Nov. 24, and got his 24th win last Sunday when Tampa Bay beat New Orleans 23-20 on a field goal in the final two minutes. He was able to wait for the right opportunity as several players with streaks in the low 20s lost games within the last week.
“Once I got close, it was all about patience,” said Louis-Charles. “I really slowed down, listened to everything out there, tried to balance all the different opinions, and then go with my gut.”
Louis-Charles’ streak began with a Tampa Bay Rays victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 2 of the World Series. Since then, Bigsam1122’s wins have come exclusively on college football, NFL and NBA action.
Ironically, he started the Streak For The Cash game with five straight losses.
The game continues through Dec. 31 with a runner-up prize of $10,000 awarded to the person with the longest streak since the start of the game and the final monthly prize for most correct picks in a month still to be awarded for December.
Earlier in the game, two other players reached 24 straight correct picks, but failed in their attempt to make the 25th correct pick.
About Streak For The Cash
ESPN.com’s Streak For The Cash is a free pick’em game that each day presents fans with a series of sports-related questions tied to the day’s sports events, and asks them to choose from among them. Strategy and sports smarts play a role. Fans can opt to make no picks, or multiple picks – depending on their level of confidence. If fans do not make a pick each day, however, they give other players the opportunity to make correct picks and approach the streak of 25 faster. Questions can range from simply picking a winner in a sports contest, to more complex or specific questions, such as:
- World Series Game 2: Which starting pitcher will record MORE STRIKEOUTS?
Brett Myers (PHI) or James Shields (TB)
- NBA (DET@LAL): Which future Hall of Famer will yield a HIGHER TOTAL?
Allen Iverson (DET): Points + Assists or Kobe Bryant (LAL): Points
- Ryder Cup: Which team will have MORE TOTAL POINTS after day one?
Europe Win or United States Win or Draw
- Breeders Cup (Juvenile Fillies – Race 5 – 1 1/16 Mile – $2M): Which horse will have the better finish?
Sky Diva or Stardom Bound
- UFC 91 Heavyweight Championship (MGM Las Vegas): Who will WIN the main event fight?
Randy Couture or Brock Lesnar
- Cricket (Stanford 20/20 for $20 Million): Which team will WIN the finale match?
Stanford Super Stars or England.
* Pending review of his entry for eligibility and authentication.
Progressive, in business since 1937, is one of the country’s largest auto insurance groups, the largest seller of motorcycle and personal watercraft policies, and a market leader in commercial auto insurance based on premiums written. To find an agent or to get a quote, go to http://www.progressive.com.