The Dallas Mavericks put on a contest at Mavs games during November and December that asked its dedicated fans to punch 2009 NBA All Star ballots, of course voting for their favorite Mavericks.
The fan that punched the most ballots would receive a private party hosted by Jason Kidd.
A few days ago the Dallas Mavericks public relations department put out a press release that announced the names of the two “lucky” fans that won the contest.
After hearing what the contest winners did, I can tell you that whoever wrote that release needs to look up the definition of “luck”, because what these winners did has nothing to do with luck.
Luck is something that happens at random or by chance. It’s luck when you are the one millionth customer at a local grocery store. It is luck when you win an office drawing. It is luck when you win a church raffle or 10 bucks on a scratch-off lottery ticket.
Nick Nixon and Alma Garza (the contest winners) were not “lucky” to win the promotion. They are probably a little bit fanatical about the Mavericks and were definitely determined to win the contest.
Nick and Alma both punched 75,000 ballots.
The second place contestant punched 2,200.
Nick told reporters many reporters at the event, “Yes, me and my family punched those ballots and we have the calluses to prove it!”
For their efforts, both Alma and Nick and a few family members of each winner got to play table tennis, air hockey, and foosball with quick-handed Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd.
The event was hosted by Academy Sports & Outdoors on Forest Lane at Central. All the games were set up in the baseball aisle in the store. It was like they were locked in the store for the night and had the entire place to themselves.
It’s a guarded secret who won each of the games. Maybe someone will leak that information soon.