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Second Bronze Ticket To Be Randomly Drawn October 17th

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The second Bronze Ticket never went into circulation. Yup. I admit it. It was all a scam. Kinda. Here’s how it went down.

For years I wanted to be able to reward tournament winners with a really cool prize. But the conundrum was always how do I give something really cool away without people cheating, sandbagging or taking shit too seriously trying to win it. Even with all of our douche filters in place, I just couldn’t come up with a way to make this happen.

Then last off-season, I had a vision. Katy Perry came to me, naked of course, and said this…

Brilliant! I was so excited by Katy’s idea, I decided to offer two Bronze Tickets. That way even after the first ticket was pulled, there would still be excitement and anticipation as to when the second Bronze Ticket would appear.

As the season started I was thrilled to see videos of the Bronze Ticket envelope selections pour in from across the MGA. It looked like the giveaway was having the desired effect (even though there were quite a few premature pops of the confetti poppers), with winners getting their hopes up momentarily, before Maury would quickly ruin their lives with the bad news.

As the season wore on and all of the tournament winners came up empty, accusations of “it’s just a marketing scam” started to surface. The conspiracy theorists were getting restless... By the start of July, I was surprised the Bronze Ticket hadn’t surfaced, but I knew it was in good hands and that eventually, it would turn up. That’s right, I knew who had it. Let me explain why.

I was determined to distribute the two Bronze Tickets fairly and randomly, which is actually what led to only one going into circulation. Because trophy packs go out over the course of two months and I never know how many chapters we’ll end up with, it was hard to come up with a foolproof system to make sure all chapters had the same odds of getting a Bronze Ticket. Here’s how I went about it.

I made 100 binder sleeves full of Chapter Leader-y stuff, including 8 blank and sealed envelopes. I then pulled two sleeves out of the box and inserted a winning envelope in each one. I marked the winning sleeves with post-it notes, then I put them back in the box and shuffled the shit out of the sleeves. As I built trophy packs, I would randomly pull a sleeve for each pack. Surprisingly, the first Bronze Ticket went out in the 7th pack shipped!

I marked them so that I would know for sure if both tickets had gone out. Had I not, we’d all be sitting here collectively wondering if the second ticket was out there or sitting in my storage unit. Since I was determined to give both away, I wasn’t willing to take that chance.

The Bronze Ticket was finally found in July by Joe Donia in the Conejo Valley chapter, after shooting a perfect 90 to take his first MGA win. He didn’t seem to know what the hell was going on, but Chapter Leader Christine Hardison sure did!

I didn’t want to let people know the second ticket wasn’t out there and ruin the fun and drama of picking an envelope, so I stayed quiet. But I promised two tickets and I intend to award two tickets, so here’s the plan to give away the second Bronze Ticket.

On October 17th, I will stream live on the MGA Facebook page as I put all of the 2017 tournament winners names into a hat. I will then pick the name of the second Bronze Ticket winner and they have 24 hours to contact me and claim their prize. If I don’t hear from them, we pick again on the 18th.

I chose October 17th because by then MOST Last Gasps will have been played. I can’t wait for them all to be played or the winner would be left with no time to book a flight to Vegas. Good luck to all our tourney winners and don’t let this stop you from registering for the MGAWC! The MGA will happily refund your money if I pull your name from the hat.

MGAWC registration closes October 13th and space is limited. Register now at MGAWC.com.