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Reality TV Star Under Investigation for $1M Betting Win

Jade Roper is shown with her husband Tanner Tolbert.
TV personalities Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert (Araya Diaz/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 07 January 2020 11:01 AM

Jade Roper of "Bachelor" fame appeared to have struck it lucky when she won a $1 million fantasy football contest over the weekend, but it has since been alleged that the former reality TV star may have been involved in collusion with her husband Tanner Tolbert, ESPN reported.

Roper entered the maximum 150 lineup of the DraftKings' Millionaire Maker contest on NFL wild-card weekend and clinched first place.

Over 105,000 entries were logged into the weekend contest, which allows participants to fill out a roster of eight players and a team of defense/special teams.

Each person is allowed a maximum of 150 entries but this can be worked around, according to USA Today, which noted that lineups with very few players in common submitted by two or more people, could increase the chances of a winning combination.

It is alleged that Roper and her husband, who she met on the second season of  "Bachelor in Paradise," had colluded together to get around the maximum entries with unique rosters. Of Tolbert's 300 lineups, 298 of them were unique, ESPN noted.

The prize had not been paid as of Monday afternoon and the couple were notified that DraftKings would be investigating the case.

"We take the integrity and fairness of our contests very seriously and are looking into this matter," a DraftKings spokesperson said in a statement.

Roper and Tolbert denied the reports.

"It is incredibly important for us to establish that Jade's win is nothing more than pure luck," they told ESPN. "We are confident that DraftKings will determine the same."

Tolbert further explained that they had each entered their separate players into their own accounts and "rooted" for their own players.

"No one has ever said a peep about us when we lost for 17 straight weeks," he said. "Then, of course, somehow Jade picked the right lineup, got the million and the spotlight got shone on it. And people, especially since she's a woman, assume that I do it all for her. If I had won, I bet no one would've raised a flag."

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Jade Roper of "Bachelor" fame appeared to have struck it lucky when she won a $1 million fantasy football contest over the weekend, but it has since been alleged that the ex-reality TV star may have been involved in collusion with her husband Tanner Tolbert, ESPN reported.
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