Record $132 Million Bet on Super Bowl 50
A record amount of wagers went on for Super Bowl 50 at Nevada sportsbooks, to the tune of $132.54 million.
According to ESPN, Nevada Gaming Control released numbers on Monday, showing that while a record amount was placed, the house won $13.31 million.
The $132.54 million wagered topped the previous record of $119 million set in 2014. The $13.31 million won by the house was the third most Nevada's sportsbooks have ever won on the Super Bowl.
Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the American Gambling Association, said in a statement that there was as high as an estimated $4.1 billion in illegal wagers.
"The record amount wagered -- legally and illegally -- on Super Bowl 50 offers further proof that sports betting has become America's new national pastime," Freeman said. "Fans want to be invested in their favorite sports and, one way or another, will find a way to do so. AGA will continue to build support for a modern and rational approach that protects these fans and the integrity of the sports we enjoy."
ESPN says it was the eighth straight winning Super Bowl for the books. They've been on the losing end of only two Super Bowls since the NGC began tracking Super Bowl betting in 1991. During that stretch, the books are up $157.7 million.