Picking with the heart helps lucky Pro Pick ’em contestant claim $15,000 Week 4 prize

Mesquite resident Pamela Anderson has played weekly football contests for three years, and each week, her strategy has two key rules: Always pick the Washington Redskins to win, always pick the rival Dallas Cowboys to lose.A Redskins fan since she was 10 years old, it was the weekly pick against the rival Cowboys on Monday night that helped secure her the first place prize of $15,000 with a perfect 16-0 card in Week 4 of the William Hill $500,000 Pro Pick ’em contest.

Each week, contestants pick the winner of each pro football game – no point spreads involved – and, now with bye weeks factored in, the over/under of the Sunday and Monday night tilts. Cheering for the Chicago Bears on Monday was easy. A pair of third quarter Bears touchdowns wrapped up the win, while a touchdown pass from Jay Cutler to Brandon Marshall with 6:28 left in the fourth quarter put the game over the total, securing Anderson as this week’s only 16-0 winner out of more than 10,000 players.

“I had no idea I was the only 16-0 winner until Wednesday ,” said Anderson, who collected her cash prize on Friday at Eureka Casino Hotel in Mesquite. “I was so excited.”

So, what will Anderson do with her money? Well, there are no major plans as of now, but part of the winnings will fund her annual trip to watch the Redskins play live. In past years, she’s seen them play in multiple cities around the country. This year, she’ll see them in Washington, D.C., for the fourth time when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 18.

Do you want your shot at a similar payday?

If you’re not already entered, you can still sign up for the Pro Pick ’em Contest. Cost per entry is now reduced to $15 for the rest of the season (originally $25).Sign up now to be eligible for $21,000 in weekly prizes, including $15,000 to most winners picked, $5,000 to second-most winners picked and $1,000 to the least winners picked. Sign-ups are available at every William Hill Race & Sports Book location throughout Nevada, and picks can be submitted each week at any William Hill book or kiosk, including PTs and Sierra Gold locations.