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2012 Press Releases

May 10, 2012

Annual Competition Crowns Retailer With Fastest Fingers Title in the State

Dover, DE -- Victory is at hand for one quick-skilled retailer who competed to earn the title of “Fastest Fingers” in the state of Delaware.  On Thursday, May 3, 2012, The Delaware Lottery hosted its 2012 XFingers Challenge Final at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover to determine who among all licensed Delaware Lottery terminal operators can most adeptly operate lottery machines.  With fifteen retailers—five from each county—entering the Finals, the Delaware Lottery crowned Shayne Edwards of the Daily Market in Lewes as the 2012 XFingers Challenge winner and leading titleholder.

A four-time XFingers champion (2012, 2011, 2008 and 2006) Edwards beat his second-place competitor by just 13 seconds and was awarded a $1,000 cash prize for having the fastest time of 1 minute and 22 seconds. 

“Retailers are an essential part of the Delaware Lottery’s success by helping to make lottery games fun and enjoyable for our customers,” Vernon Kirk, Director of the Delaware Lottery, said.  “The annual XFingers Challenge was designed to recognize and show support and appreciation for the more than 500 Lottery retailers throughout the state who play a key role in contributing to the state’s General Fund. The Delaware Lottery congratulates Shayne Edwards and all participants who competed in this year’s XFingers Challenge.”

Retailer contestants in the XFingers Challenge are timed on how fast they can enter a variety of lottery ticket requests and transactions into a terminal, with the fastest players moving on to the finals.  The quick clerk from Lewes was able to beat out hundreds (over 300 statewide) of contestants in the county-wide preliminary rounds held in April, and earn himself a grand prize total of $1,500 along the way, $1,000 in the finals and $500 in preliminaries.  Each of the top five competitors in the counties won cash prizes and advanced to Thursday’s championship round, staged at Dover’s Modern Maturity Center.
Separated by a mere 7 seconds each, additional prize-winners of the 2012 XFingers Challenge Finals included:

2nd place  - Laura Zeller of Acme Market, Smyrna ($400)

3rd place - Melissa Ortiz of Shore Stop, Rodney Village ($200)

4th place - James Farley of Food Lion, Wilmington ($150)

5th place - Brad Alwood of Daily Market, Lewes ($100)

Delaware Lottery customers were also able to join in the 2012 XFingers Challenge by nominating their favorite clerk(s) to participate in the competition. All participants were automatically eligible for a variety of great prizes.

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