Arkansas Tech alum Zane Hight stopped at Starbucks in December as part of his morning routine. Little did he know his purchase would lead him to Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI with ten of his closest friends.
Hight got news he was the one out of 10.9 billion to win the Visa ‘You + 10 Super Bowl Sweepstakes’ via a voicemail he thought was a scam.
"Normally I check my voicemail frequently, but I managed to miss voicemails for a few days. When I played the machine, I had multiple voicemails telling me I won the Visa 'You + 10 Super Bowl Sweepstakes' and that time was running out to claim my prize,” Hight said.
After replaying the messages a few times, questioning the message and researching on the internet, Hight realized the voicemail was, in fact, legitimate. He immediately returned the call.
As he received his confirmation email from Visa and Bank of America regarding his Starbucks purchase that won him the trip of a lifetime, Hight jumped up and ran out of his residence hall and across campus to tell everyone.
“I started freaking out. Shortly after, my phone and Facebook blew up like crazy. Needless to say, I didn't really get any work done that day or even the next."
Hight says he always dreamed of taking a bunch of friends on a big vacation because they mean the world to him, and winning this contest meant his dream was coming true.
Along with his sister, best friend and a current colleague who has been his friend since moving to Tulsa, Hight chose to take seven people who positively impacted his life during his two years at Arkansas Tech.
Those people are Tyler Byrns, a resident assistant in Turner Hall; Ryan Scherff, who worked with Hight at Campus Court and is currently a resident assistant in Paine Hall; Jeff English, who worked with him at Campus Court and is the current resident director of Brown Hall; Ryan Pittman, a resident assistant in Paine Hall; Adam Fitzwater, the resident director of Paine Hall; Jessica Uhlman, an area coordinator in the Office of Residence Life; and Gwen Young, his former primary supervisor and an incredible influence and mentor during my years at Arkansas Tech."
The Visa ‘You + 10 Super Bowl Sweepstakes’ prize package includes hotel and airfare, tickets to Super Bowl XLVI, tickets to "The NFL Experience" (an NFL-themed carnival event), $100 Visa gift cards for each person, digital cameras to document the experience, dinner with an NFL player and official NFL jerseys for everyone representing the team of their choice.
The total value of the sweepstakes is $59,400. Hight’s odds of winning were one in 10,901,603,938.
Before he graduated with his master’s degree in college student personnel, Hight was the resident director for Campus Court, president of the College Student Personnel Association, graduate advisor to Residence Hall Association and was actively involved in other aspects of campus life.
He currently works as the residence director of John Mabee Hall at the University of Tulsa. He has been employed there since last summer.