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What's the most you've won playing fantasy football? $1,000? $2,000? Maybe $5,000 or even $10,000?

Whatever the amount, it's a mere pittance compared to Shane Schroeder's haul after winning the Fantasy Football Open Championship last season.

Schroeder, a 31-year-old corrections officer from Fort Collins, Col., won $1 million in the inaugural event. He collected his winnings at The Bellagio in Las Vegas, where Jerry Rice was on hand to present the grand prize.

"I lean toward running backs. I've always done that," Schroeder told the Associated Press while cautioning against drafting LaDainian Tomlinson. "This year, it's a little different because obviously every year it changes."

Schroeder is at it again this season, with 25 teams in FFOC. Last year he had only three entries, but his winning team included DeAngelo Williams, Michael Turner, Andre Johnson, Anquan Boldin, Philip Rivers and Aaron Rodgers.

Despite his newfound status as a millionaire, Schroeder continues to work at a youth detention center while also juggling his lawn care business and a part-time job at the post office.

"A lot of people are like, 'What are you still doing here?'" Schroeder, who has a degree in sports management from Upper Iowa University, told the AP. "It's definitely a lot of money, but if you don't do the right thing you could lose it pretty quick."

By Gene Wang  |  August 13, 2009; 10:50 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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