Fan cashes in by making 50-yard field goal

Updated: October 28, 2005, 2:19 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

It didn't win a Super Bowl, but it was certainly life-changing kick.

During halftime of Thursday night's CFL game between the Hamilton Tiger Cats and the Toronto Argonauts, Brian Diesbourg, a 25-year-old engineer from Belle River, Ontario, kicked a 50-yard field goal to win $1 million.

As part of Wendy's Kick for a Million promotion, Diesbourg, who was randomly chosen from among 200,000 entries on TSN's Web site, was to kick field goals from 20, 30, 40 and 50 for various prizes. After missing each of his first three attempts, Diesbourg split the uprights from 50 yards to claim the grand prize.

"I still can't believe I made the kick," Diesbourg told TSN. "I have never been so nervous, but I knew I had to stay focused on the uprights."

Diesbourg will be rewarded $25,000 per year for the next 40 years.