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Lucky Giants Fan

I Bet on a Safety, Won $50k

... And It's All Going to CHARITY

2/6/2012 2:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jona Rechnitz
Just when you wanted to hate the guy for winning $50,000 on a freak Super Bowl bet -- Giants fan Jona Rechnitz tells TMZ, he's donating every last cent to multiple charities ... INCLUDING one of Tom Brady's choice.

In case you didn't know, Jona -- who runs a successful real estate company in New York -- hit the JACKPOT yesterday, betting $1,000 on the Giants to score the first points in the big game with a safety. The odds were 50 to 1.

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Jona tells us, he plans to donate $5,000 to Tom's charity of choice -- in the hopes Tom and the Pats will match it -- and $5,000 to the charities of choice for the Giants defensive linemen who made the safety play. Jona also wants to take Tom out for an all-expenses-paid falafel dinner.

As for the rest, Jona says he plans to divide up the balance after taxes ... and donate it to a bunch of charities benefiting the less fortunate.

Jona says he only makes one bet a year -- on the Super Bowl -- and this year, it finally paid off.

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16.

John    

Now that's what Clint Eastwood was talking about in that ad. Good thing for that guy to do.

954 days ago
17.

Oh well    

Yep, he's as dumb as he looks.

954 days ago
18.

craig    

the guy bet on a safety as the first score not the team,thats why its 50 to 1

954 days ago
19.

Derwood    

Is that David Cross?

954 days ago
20.

Happy    

Good for you! Ignore all the haters (Pat's fans)It's about time someone has done somewhat of a good deed! RD needs to get a job and move away from mom and dad! lol

954 days ago
21.

Geoff    

On the Reddit thread on this 2 people from Las Vegas said this ticket is fake and the numbers don't match up at all. The codes are wrong and the payoff is wrong.

954 days ago
22.

Joe    

BRADY HAD THE SAME BET BUT FOR A LOT MORE!

954 days ago
23.

alli    

What a mensch! Wish there were more amazing people out there like you!!!

954 days ago
24.

Ruxen    

Do you think he has horns under that Giants hat?

954 days ago
25.

whocares    

He should use the money to create a couple jobs and/or expand his company. That would do far more good than donating to a charity, on average. Most of it will probably end up in the hands of the directors of the charities or their family.

954 days ago
26.

Rabbi Muskin    

Is that Ruxen from "The League"

954 days ago
27.

2muchinfo    

anyone that has 1k to put on a longshot bet already makes tons of money and the irs knows it. news of him winning just puts a redflag on his tax return. he's probably a smart business man and his donating to charity to help with his tax situation

954 days ago
28.

brown dynamite    

No way I make that bet for anything less than 250 to 1, especially if you have to pick a specific team. Good what he's doing with the money, but he's a stupid gambler and I doubt this was his only bet.

954 days ago
29.

CurrentSweeps    

Nothing feels as good as WINNING!!!

954 days ago
30.

Lee    

I think it was a wonderful thing, this man donating this money to charity, I't,meaning the money,is going to mean so much to kids that really need it. Its not even about the money, its about the gift,the gift that came from this mans Heart!

953 days ago
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