Luck finally catches up with arena winner

01/17/2010 12:00 AM

08/08/2014 9:55 AM

Michelle Ingram swears that she never wins anything, ever. As proof she offered an anecdote from a recent jewelry party she attended. Only three people were there, and she still didn't win a door prize.

So when Ingram — a local wife and mother of two who works at an accounting firm — got a call from Intrust Bank Arena two weeks ago informing her she'd won the Golden Ticket prize, she didn't totally get it at first.

Ingram, who entered the prize drawing when she and her family visited the arena open house on Jan. 2, didn't comprehend the enormity of what she'd won — two tickets to every single event the arena has in 2010.

Not just concerts, but also hockey games, rodeos and monster truck races.

Not just shows with tickets still available, but all the shows, including sold-out ones such as Taylor Swift and Billy Joel/Elton John.

Not just shows that have already been announced, but shows that will be added to the schedule throughout the rest of 2010.

"When they called, I said, 'Well, which concert did I win?' " Ingram said. "And they said, 'No, you don't understand. You won tickets to every event.' "

Though Ingram says she still has a little trouble believing that she really has two tickets to everything (everything???) her friends and relatives are starting to get it.

Her 8-year-old daughter, Emily, had just accepted the hard fact of life that "sold out" means "sold out" when she suddenly learned she'd get to see Taylor Swift after all.

Her friends and neighbors have been congratulatory, too, she said with a laugh. Neighbor Chris Walker was chosen to help Ingram use the inaugural pair of tickets to last weekend's Brad Paisley show.

Country fan Ingram says she's most excited about getting to see George Strait and Reba McEntire, both of whom she loves.

But she's also happy that some of the more obscure arena events, from motocross to bull riding, might provide good bonding experiences for her 5-year-old son, Chase, and husband, Chad.

And though she's sure her busy life will not allow her to use every single ticket in her prize package (which her accounting-friendly brain estimates to be worth at least $10,000), Ingram said she's going to use as many of the tickets as possible and hopes to make it to every concert.

"I want to go to as much as I can just to get different experiences," she said.

About Denise Neil

Denise has been an Eagle reporter since 1997. She writes about pop culture on Sundays, reviews restaurants on Fridays and blogs at Dining with Denise. Previously, she worked for the Chattanooga Times and graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Kansas.

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