Baltimore Ravens Superfan from Pasadena Wins Season Seats for 20 Years
In a press release, team officials said the Pasadena resident was one of six finalists for a chance to win Ravens season tickets for 20 years. "Today, as those finalists stood together on the club level at M&T Bank Stadium, Contrino was revealed as the "Seats for 20 Years" winner," the statement said. "The coveted prize includes two club-level tickets and a parking pass for every pre-season and regular-season home game for the next 20 years."
The big day began with the finalists taking a private tour of the stadium, which included visits to the postgame press room and team locker room. Once the tour was complete, the finalists were greeted by former Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith, who announced Contrino as the winner. After Smith congratulated the six finalists, the group watched as Contrino's name was displayed 100-feet wide across the stadium's Smartvision boards.
"I'm speechless — this is the prize of all prizes. This has been a dream of mine ever since the Lottery started this promotion," said Contrino, a 55-year-old maintenance supervisor, adding that he plans to use the tickets to share the excitement of Ravens football with family. "My son just retired from the Army and I'm planning to be right there with him at every game next season."
The six finalists were randomly selected from more than 818,000 entries for the "Seats for 20 Years" prize, and each of the finalists won $10,000. The other five finalists were: Theresa Bard from Elkton; Thomas Barker from Laurel; Tia Beverly from Baltimore; Bernard Lulay from Baltimore; and Ron Mullin from Grafton, W. Va.