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New Jersey Resident Edges Out Competition to Win $30,000 on Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone! Many fables and traditions come to mind when thinking about October but to me, this month was defined by a well-known yet unlikely tale: The Aesop's Fable "The Tortoise and the Hare". As John T.  of Oakland, New Jersey was methodically building a streak that began on October 2nd he witnessed dozens of competitors zoom past him on the leaderboard. In fact, he was moving so slow that for most of the month his Streak wasn't long enough to even be showcased amongst the active leaders. And yet, John remained patient.

By October 18th the top Streak was a W22 in what must have seemed like a mark that was starting to become unattainable with only a W12 in his pocket. But John kept his pace, sometimes taking multiple days off in a row to find that perfect spot to strike. By October 27th he had an active W22 and a win percentage of .917 to help him with any tiebreaking scenarios, none of which ended up being necessary after the 5 point favorite Penn State Nittany Lions oblitered Illinois 39-0 earlier today. And once again a tale that's thousands of years old rings true: the resolve and patience of the tortoise outlasts the speed of the hare.

I could've compared John's Streak to a Michael Myers-esque spree of picking off his opponents one by one but hey, it seemed a bit morbid even for Halloween, so Aesop it is. And I can't say for sure, but I'm guessing that when we interview John he'll confirm our suspicions that the $1,000,000 prize was never his goal. And that's ok, because he had a game plan and went after it the only way that seemed to work. He takes home $30,000 for his efforts - well done John!

The "Most Wins" contest was won by Marc F. of Hanapepe, Hawaii. I'm having a hard time putting into words how impressive this is. To put the achievement into context, I believe that I had a great month picking on the StreakMaster account, getting 118 wins and finishing near the top of the leaderboard. And Marc crushed me picking from Hawaii - six time zones behind the East Coast. That means as myself and many of you are making our third and fourth picks of the day in the middle of the afternoon Marc hasn't even gotten to work yet if he clocks a 9-5. Many alarms and a whole lot of dedication later he takes home $10,000! We'd like to note also that Marc is a repeat winner; he achieved the "Most Wins" mark back in June of 2010 as well and has now established himself as an elite Streak player.

If you finished ahead of the StreakMaster in the "Beat The StreakMaster" Group be sure to check your email over the next week here to see if you are 1 of the lucky 20 to be randomly drawn to win an awesome "I Beat The StreakMaster" t-shirt. One last thing: we're having a pro-football themed Stunt Day on Sunday, November 15th for $10,000 sponsored by McDonalds!