BENDIGO's Cam Penna enjoyed football glory on Saturday, taking out the title as the state's top tipper.
Mr Penna's predictions on the AFL grand final paid off, with his correct guesses on the first goal and scores during the game giving him victory in the Victorian TopTippa competition.
The prize gave him a shot at selecting $1 million from a stack of 200 envelopes.
Mr Penna's luck ended there, but his envelope did contain a winning amount of $5,000.
"I was absolutely rapt with that," Mr Penna said.
"I didn't think I'd get to that point. I think I was just hoping to win $500.
"So to win 10 times that amount was pretty great."
Mr Penna beat out seven other tippers who had vied for the top prize on grand final day.
All candidates got two tickets to the match.
Mr Penna said the chance to be there on the day was exciting.
"It was an amazing game," Mr Penna said.
"The atmosphere was great, right from the opening it was absolutely electric.
"During the game itself I knew I had one of my bets correct. But in the end I got caught up in the grand final and totally forgot who was doing what."
Fortunately for Mr Penna the bets he placed on Hawthorn to kick the opening goal, Hawthorn to kick the first goal in the second quarter and Hawthorn kicking a behind to start the third quarter were all correct.
The $1,000 he bet, as part of the TopTippa competition, returned $2,350 putting him ahead of the runner-up who won $1,600.
Mr Penna said he was a little bit nervous when he heard he had come first.
He said he turned to his wife to help decide which envelope to select for the chance at $1 million.
"I chose envelope number 15 because our wedding anniversary is on the 15th," he said.
He said he was planning to use the $5,000 on a family getaway.
"I’m sure we’ll take a short break," he said.
"We’ve got another child on the way in a couple of weeks so it's a busy time."
Mr Penna won the Bendigo Advertiser TopTippa competition this year with 155 tips - an average of almost seven per round.