One tweet was all it took for a man to earn $8,500, courtesy of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.
Before the AFC championship game between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots this weekend, Irsay challenged his followers to guess the score of the game. If any one of them came within one point of each team, he would send them $8,500.
If that sounds crazy, remember who we're dealing with here. Irsay has made some questionable decisions recently.
So a man named Jason, whose handle is @mikesong, guessed that Baltimore would win, 27-14.
@jimirsay 27 14 ravens
— mikesong (@mikesong) January 20, 2013
Sure enough the Ravens defeated the Patriots, 28-13. Irsay sent Jason a direct message asking for his address and then FedExed him $8,500 in the mail. The cash was in hundred dollar bills, and it was accompanied by the following note:
Congratulations again on winning a Twitter Contest! Enclosed you will find your prize which consists of $8,500.00. Please continue to follow me on Twitter and thank you for your continued support.
In another interesting twist, this story was first discovered by Deadspin on a Phish message board, where Jason was asking whether he would have to pay taxes on the $8,500.
Gotta love the Internet.
(H/T to Deadspin)