Via the Orlando Magic:
The Florida Lottery today announced that James Kidd, 46, of Davenport, Fla. is the lucky winner of an Orlando Magic Playoff Fly Away Trip from the final contest of the Lottery’s Orlando Magic Fan Experience Second Chance promotion. During halftime at the Orlando Magic versus the Chicago Bulls game at Amway Center on Sunday, April 10, Kidd and seven other finalists scratched oversized Florida Lottery ORLANDO MAGIC Scratch-Off tickets to win prizes ranging from $500 to the Playoff Fly Away Trip (valued at $3,500).
The Florida Lottery partnered with the Orlando Magic to offer the Orlando Magic Fan Experience Second Chance promotion, which allowed Lottery players and Magic fans the chance to win unique, experiential prizes by entering non-winning ORLANDO MAGIC Scratch-Off tickets on the Lottery’s Web site. Four second chance drawings were held from February 2 to March 23.
During each second chance drawing, two finalists received a pair of tickets to the April 10 Orlando Magic home game. At halftime, the Orlando Magic Dancers led the finalists onto the court where they raced to scratch their oversized ORLANDO MAGIC Scratch-Off tickets to reveal their prizes. Kidd received the Orlando Magic Playoff Fly Away Trip for two, which includes two-night hotel accommodations, round-trip airfare and a pair of tickets to a playoff game.*
Other prizes won in the Orlando Magic Fan Experience Second Chance promotion included VIP experiences such as: a Coaches “Chalk Talk” Experience, the chance to meet an Orlando Magic player or legend, opportunity to serve as honorary Game Captain, a private suite for a game and locker room tours. Also, 680 players won Orlando Magic Fan Packs that included two replica jerseys, two T-shirts, two caps, two rally towels, two team travel bags, two wristbands, two team backpacks and an NBA basketball.
The ORLANDO MAGIC Scratch-Off game allows fans to show their team spirit while having the chance to win up to $100,000. In addition to the top prize, the $5 Scratch-Off game offers cash prizes ranging from $5 to $5,000, and allows players to win up to 12 times on the same ticket. The game has two $100,000 top prizes remaining. The game’s overall odds of winning are one in 4.02.
On Thursday, April 7 the Orlando Magic and Amway Center were awarded with six Downtown Orlando Partnership Golden Brick Awards for projects which affected the Downtown Development District. The awards included Interior Projects (courtside club at Amway Center); Public Art (Amway Center Art Collection); Office Building Project (Magic Amway Center offices); Retail (Orlando Magic Team Shop presented by adidas at Amway Center); Restaurant (Jernigan’s at Amway Center); and Public Project (Amway Center-city).
The Golden Brick Awards recognize outstanding contributions to downtown that demonstrate excellence and achievement. For over two decades these awards have been distributed for projects which affect the Downtown Development District.
The Orlando Magic served as the developer of the Amway Center, which hosts major national events, concerts and family shows. Opened in the fall of 2010, the facility is owned and operated by the City of Orlando on behalf of the Central Florida community.
The Amway Center was designed to reflect the character of the community, meet the goals of the users and build on the legacy of sports and entertainment in Orlando. The building’s exterior features a modern blend of glass and metal materials, along with ever-changing graphics via a monumental wall along one façade. A 180-foot tall tower serves as a beacon amid the downtown skyline. At 875,000 square feet, the new arena is almost triple the size of the old Amway Arena (367,000 square feet). The LEED Gold certified facility features a sustainable, environmentally-friendly design and unmatched technology, featuring 1,100 digital monitors, the tallest high-definition videoboard in an NBA venue and multiple premium amenities available to all patrons in the building.
Every level of ticket buyer has access to: the Budweiser Baseline Bar and food court, Gentleman Jack Terrace, Jernigan’s, Nutrilite Magic Fan Experience, Orlando on Demand, STUFF’s Magic Castle presented by CLUB WYNDHAM® and multiple indoor-outdoor spaces which celebrate Florida’s climate.
Photo by Gary Bassing
Via the Orlando Magic:
On Friday, April 8, more than 300 volunteers from Amway, the Orlando Magic and Orlando Neighborhood Improvement Corporation, along with organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of Maitland Oaks Apartments joined forces to build a new playground at the Maitland Oaks Apartment complex. The new playground’s design is based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in February. The new playground will provide hundreds of children in the local community with a safe place to play. Currently, the children who live at Maitland Oaks Apartments do not have a playground within walking distance to enjoy.
The playground is the 11th built by KaBOOM! and Amway and the seventh with the Orlando Magic in an effort to fight the play deficit and save play. The project is one of more than 200 playground builds KaBOOM! will lead across the country in 2011 in an effort to provide a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.
Taking advantage of the absences of Dwight Howard and Quentin Richardson, the Chicago Bulls were able to defeat the Orlando Magic by the score of 102-99. The Magic, which were short-handed, played with energy and effort consistently throughout the day but it wasn’t enough against the Bulls. With Chicago leading by one point at 98-97, Orlando fouled Taj Gibson with 14.2 seconds left and put him on the free-throw line. Gibson split the free-throws, but Luol Deng was able to retrieve the offensive rebound after the second free-throw came up short. It was a bad bounce for the Magic and the Bulls were able to take advantage, as Derrick Rose made two free throws to extend the lead to four points. On the ensuing possession, Jason Richardson, after tripping on the original out-of-bounds play drawn up by head coach Stan Van Gundy, recovered and made a three-pointer with 2.7 seconds left to cut the deficit to one point. This was only after Ryan Anderson was able to feed Richardson with the basketball on a offensive rebound following a missed three-point shot by Jameer Nelson in the corner. Rose made two more free-throws to give Chicago a three-point lead. On the final possession of the game, Nelson got the ball at the top of the key, pump-faked Rose to get him in the air and create an open look, then put up a three-pointer which he made but it was too late. The Bulls escaped with the win. Three players led the way for Orlando. Anderson, playing in place of Howard, put up a career-high 28 points and 10 rebounds. Richardson finished with 24 points, while Nelson contributed with 17 points, 11 assists, five rebounds, and three steals.