Lions' win makes Las Vegas woman $100,000 richer

The Detroit News

Try telling Tayla Polia the Lions are playing meaningless games.

Detroit Lions' Golden Tate makes a reception at the goal line for a touchdown in front of New Orleans Saints'  Delvin Breaux in the first quarter.

The 26-year-old Las Vegas resident has Jim Caldwell's cats partly to thank for a $100,005 windfall on a mere $5 wager after their 35-27 upset of the Saints Monday, according to's Darren Rovell.

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Polia, making only her second bet ever, got 20,000-to-1 odds on the parlay card with William Hill. She picked right against the spread on 14 NFL games and correctly chose the plus-45 over in the Steelers-Broncos game (Steelers won 34-27).

Polia picked the Lions as 3-point underdogs to the host Saints, which was the last game on her card.

The whole picking against the spread was a difficult concept to grasp.

"I remembered that I picked the Giants and they lost," Polia said. "So I thought it was strange when I looked at it (Tuesday) morning and saw that I won."