Daily Israel Report

Jewish Super Bowl Bet Winner Gives $50,000 to Charity

An Orthodox Jew, graduate of Yeshiva University and NY Giants fan, will donate $50,000 to charity after winning a bet on the Super Bowl.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 2/8/2012, 12:59 PM

Money (illustration)
Money (illustration)
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Jona Rechnitz, an orthodox Jew from New York and graduate of Yeshiva University (YU), won $50,000 after betting that the Giants would emerge victorious in the Super Bowl and then announced he is going to donate his winnings to charity, the Jewish Chronicle reported.

Jona Rechnitz “placed a bet at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Sunday evening that the first score of Super Bowl XLVI would be a safety in favor of the New York Giants. The casino offered Rechnitz 50-to-one odds at $1,000 down, netting him $50,000 from one of the most unlikely bets in all of sports--talk about a safety,” said the International Business Times.

The YU graduate asked Tom Brady, the star player of the losing New England Patriots, to decide which charity should receive the money.

The Jewish Chronicle reported that Rechnitz said  “he will hold on to some of his winnings in the hope that Mr. Brady will accept his invitation to go out for a kosher dinner.” 

Asked about why he chose to donate all of his winnings, Rechnitz responded that it is “a nice way to make a ‘kiddush HaShem,’” [sanctifying the name of HaShem].