The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament started today, which reminded me of my biggest winning sports wager, albeit quite by accident. It was April 3, 1995 and we were in Las Vegas,Nevada during Spring Break to visit Grandma, Briana's sister and her family. I was looking for a place to go watch the NCAA Championship game between UCLA and Arkansas, where UCLA was a 3 point favorite. I saw a newspaper ad saying you could get a free t-shirt for playing a $20 parlay card at a place called The Santa Fe, which was way out on North Rancho Blvd. I walked in and the place was full of UCLA fans from California. They were a little loud and obnoxious, and from the sound of things they had bet UCLA, of course, and total score over 170. UCLA had a powerful offense that year, and had scored over 100 in a game earlier in the tournament. They had also escaped with a narrow win, the result of a closing seconds, coast to coast, lay up against Missouri. To be different I decided I would take Arkansas and under 170. I made my wager, ignored the little sign saying "check your ticket before leaving the window", stuffed the ticket in my pocket, took my free t-shirt and found a seat in the sports book. The game was played and UCLA won by 11 points, but the final score was 89-78 for a total of 167, short of the 170+ to make good on the parlays for these UCLA chaps. So they were celebrating the win, but lamenting the loss of their bets, as can so often be the case when playing against point spreads. Arkansas had made me a loser as well, so I hung around for a while, tried my had at some Blackjack, without winning or losing much of anything. On my way out the door I was ready to toss my losing parlay ticket in the trash when I took what turned out to be my first look at the ticket. It said "UCLA -3 Under 170." The ticket was a WINNER! I guess the guy at the window had been pushing the UCLA button all afternoon, and didn't bother to listen to that part of my proposition. So I cashed my accidental winning ticket for $72 and celebrated my good fortune by not wagering any of it in the casino.