NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Drew Dinkmeyer was a 31-year old investment analyst working for CapTrust Financial Advisers in Tampa, Florida, when he quit the finance game for good last year. It doesn't look he's going to be back sorting clients' data in a spreadsheet any time soon, either.
While some bankers were sweating out bonus packages Monday night, Dinkmeyer collected a bonus of his own: $1 million, which he took through online weekly fantasy challenge site DraftKings on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler's first touchdown during an otherwise uneventful contest. The pass Cutler threw to Marquess Wilson, a Chicago wideout, put Dinkmeyer up for good over about 100,000 competitors who entered DraftKings' weekly challenge.
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Instead of being soaked with sweat this bonus season, he was soaked with champagne, celebrating the big payday.
Now, he says, he's going to invest much of the winnings, but he first has to satisfy an obligation to his biggest partner, his wife, who supported his gutsy decision to take his talents to the fantasy gridiron.
"I promised my wife we could go on a vacation of her choice," Dinkmeyer said in a phone interview with TheStreet.
When Dinkmeyer isn't putting together championship lineups, he's writing and doing webcasts for fantasy sports strategy site RotoExperts.com, he said.
Writing is what got Dinkmeyer into the weekly NFL challenge game. He used to publish and sell content across a number of platforms advising online players, but he didn't make enough until he put some skin in the game.
"I've been a sports fan for so long and I wanted to make a career out of it," he said, "but I just kept hitting dead ends."