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January 25, 2014


University Of Delaware Professor Wins A Stash Of Cash Inside Delaware Lottery Money Machine

Dover, DE - January 25, 2014 - Charles Boncelet, a 56-year-old electrical and computer-engineering professor at the University of Delaware, was attending a University of Delaware men’s basketball game on Saturday, January 25, when he had a stroke of luck.

During the first period announcements, he learned that he was the lucky season ticket holder, whose seat in section 19, row G, seat 10, earned him entry inside the Delaware Lottery’s Money Machine.

“My first reaction was a little bit of nervousness and bewilderment mixed with excitement,” he said, after hearing his name announced.

At halftime, Charles headed out on to the court to test his luck and race against the clock while grabbing as much cash as possible in just 20 seconds.

Once inside the Money Machine with cash swirling all around him, Charles told Lottery officials after the fact that he “noticed in the front corner of the machine there was a lot of bills that were flying up and collecting there. Although I didn’t have a whole lot of time, I tried to catch as many of them as I could,” he said.
His strategy indeed was successful and Charles was able to walk away with a total of $99 from the Delaware Lottery Money Machine.

When asked whom he would tell about his well-earned new stash of cash and what he would do with the winnings, Charles replied, “The first person I’m telling is my wife who is with me here today at the game and I think we’ll go out to a nice dinner,” he said leaving with a big smile.


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