Orioles welcome lucky 100 millionth fan
Ticket holder wins $100,000, season tickets for five years
BALTIMORE -- When school starts in two weeks, there will be one teacher who has no problem getting her students' attention.
Velma Greene, a middle school teacher in Fairfax County, Va., was designated as the 100 millionth fan to attend an Orioles game on Saturday night, an achievement that was amply rewarded by the team and the Maryland Lottery.
Greene was feted with an on-field ceremony before the game and made the rounds, appearing on the MASN telecast and meeting the print media in the back of the press box. She was also awarded $100,000, season tickets to the Orioles for five years and a package of VIP amenities for Saturday night's game that included a seat upgrade.
It all happened on her first trip to Camden Yards this year, and without her knowing about the promotion.
"I thought I was on Candid Camera," she said after the shock had subsided. "I've never had an experience like this in my life. I've never been in front of so many people. I just imagined everyone was seventh and eighth graders."
Greene, whose unadulterated glee was caught by cameras when she arrived at Gate C, said she doesn't have plans for the cash reward beyond buying her husband a nice birthday present in the next few months. The 48-year-old math teacher also said that she won't have any problems using the tickets, despite the fact that she lives in Harpers Ferry, W. Va.
The Orioles celebrated another milestone earlier in the week, when a local law school student, Kevin Gracie, was designated the 50 millionth fan in the history of Camden Yards. Gracie was awarded a similar package to Greene's, getting $50,000, season tickets for five years and a matching package of VIP amenities.
Buddy Roogow, the director of the Maryland State Lottery Agency, said he was thrilled with the way things worked out.
"It's been a wonderful experience for the lottery [and] tremendous attention for the Boston and New York series," he said. "It couldn't have been better. The Orioles and MASN have done a wonderful job of airing everything. The luck of having two wonderful winners -- first Kevin Gracie, now Velma Greene -- I couldn't be happier with the way it's gone."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.