10. Daytona 500
> Sport/game: NASCAR
> Total prize pool: $19,800,000
> Amount to winner: $1,600,000
> Est. winnings per player: $1,600,000
Though NASCAR altered its payout system in 2016, we know that winning its biggest race, the Daytona 500, comes with a huge payout. While the NASCAR payment system is shrouded in secrecy, we know teams earn money based on races entered, performance over the last three seasons, points earned that season, and finishing position in a given race. Based on these parameters, and previous earnings data from NASCAR, European gambling site Top Bet calculated that the winner of the Daytona 500 earns just under $1.6 million. Money from the race doesn’t go right back into the driver’s pocket though. It goes into the team’s coffers to help fund the people, parts, and labor needed to get the car ready to run in the next race.
9. Indianapolis 500
> Sport/game: IndyCar
> Total prize pool: $13,090,536
> Amount to winner: $2,669,529
> Est. winnings per player: $2,669,529
The Indianapolis 500 is the highest paying race in the United States and one of the highest paying events in sports. In the spring of 2019, Simon Pagenaud took home nearly $2.7 million of the IndyCar race’s total pot of over $13 million. While the payout was massive, it fell short of the largest purse in the Indy 500’s more-than-century-long history. The biggest winner in the Indy 500 was Helio Castroneves, who took home $3.6 million in 2009.
8. Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 – Solo
> Sport/game: Fortnite
> Total prize pool: $15,287,500
> Amount to winner: $3,000,000
> Est. winnings per player: $3,000,000
Fortnite is one of several video games to have an annual championship that pays millions to the winner. The Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 had a total purse of almost $15.3 million, with $3 million going to the winner, $1.8 million going to the second place finisher, and $1.2 going to third place. This year, all three top spots went to Americans, although the 100 contestants were from countries across Asia, Europe, South America, and Australia.
7. International 2019 Dota 2 Championship
> Sport/game: Dota 2
> Total prize pool: $34,330,069
> Amount to winner: $15,620,181
> Est. winnings per player: $3,124,036
The International 2019 Dota 2 Championship boasted the largest prize pool in eSports history: $34.3 million. The winning team of five took home a collective $15.6 million. Dota 2 is an online, multiplayer battle arena game that was originally released in 2013.
6. U.S. Open – Men’s and Women’s Singles
> Sport/game: Tennis
> Total prize pool: $57,000,000
> Amount to winner: $3,850,000
> Est. winnings per player: $3,850,000
The purse for the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament in 2019 was the biggest of any Grand Slam in tennis history. The winners of the men’s — Rafael Nadal — and women’s — Bianca Andreescua — singles each took home $3.85 million and the runners-up each won half that amount.