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Beat The Messenger Random Drawing - October '12

Total wins by The Messenger = 98 (98-79-0 .554)
Number of entries with more wins = 63

And the random drawing winner is.....mgstummsju Entry

Congrats mgstummsju Entry (Mike S. from Otsego, MN)! You will soon receive an email notification from our Marketing team with details on how to claim your Cash. Please ensure the email address we have on file is correct. You can check/update your email address at any time on the Account Information page. By rule, you have ten (10) days to reply to the email. If we are unable to contact you - or any eligibility issues are discovered - we will move to the next randomly selected entries in the following order:

Random entry #2: Naptown Freeball Posse (Indianapolis, IN)
Random entry #3: meesema moonpies (Indianapolis, IN)

Delaware resident nabs improbable $50K on late PK

We swear here at Streak for the Cash you can't even script what happens sometimes in this game. The month of October proved to set the bar even higher as far as the wildest finish to a month ever. To start out, the month looked like it could be the first time since July '11 that nobody would hit a W20. That all changed in the final 48 hours when two entries battled it out, ultimately ending in a soccer showdown that defied the impossible. Asit Chadha finally emerged victorious after winning on a tiebreaker (higher winning %) over Rob Deines' W21.

Let's set the table on how the final day went shall we? Coming into the day, Deines sat with a W20, while Chadha waited in the wings with a W19 (and the higher win % remember). Deines' RaceCarDriver#99 Enry caught lightning in a bottle on the first prop of the day. He chose Novak Djokovic to lose 7 or More Games, but it looked bleak after Djokovic blanked Sam Querrey, 6-0, in Set 1. An unthinkable comeback ensued after Djokovic jumped to a 2-0 lead in Set 2. Querrey muscled back and took the 2nd set in a tiebreak, 7-6. With a two-win cushion, Deines played the waiting game to see what Chadha would do. Chadha pounced right away, grabbing an easy win with CSKA Moscow.

The next prop the two Streakers would take would end up deciding it all. Chadha took Chelsea against Manchester United, while Deines rolled with Borussia Monchengladbach against Fortuna Dusseldorf. Chelsea got down early and played a goal behind for much of the game. Meanwhile, Borussia and Dusseldorf battled to a 0-0 score in regulation and headed to Extra Time. In Extra Time, Dusseldorf struck and would hold on to win, 1-0, thus ending Deines' streak. He still had a chance if Manchester United could hold on to beat Chelsea (and it looked like they would). But that's when chaos ensued. Chelsea was granted a miracle PK with only seconds to spare (93rd minute) to force Extra Time. Not out of the woods, Chadha still needed Chelsea to win...and they didn't disappoint, winning 5-4. The miracle comeback won Chadha $50,000 and one heck of a story. Despite the loss, Streak for the Cash wishes to congratulate Deines and his run because before the 21 straight wins, he had been sitting with a monthly record of 17-40! Great comeback Mr. Deines! On behalf of ESPN Fantasy, congratulations to both entrants for giving us one great finish.

The "Most Wins" competition was easygoing in the end for Jamison Smith of Fort Myers, FL after rolling up 117 wins to outdistance the competition by a solid margin. He takes home $2,500 for his effort.

Since the Stash was not reached in October, it will rollover to $250,000 in November. That means if anyone reaches W27, they bank a hefty $300,000 (Stash + Monthly)! Good luck, and thanks for playing!