When is the last time someone got a million dollars just for pitching a perfect game? In a video game, no less!
A couple months ago, 24-year-old Alabama guy Wade McGilberry was just a normal twentysomething. Then he heard about a million-dollar contest in the baseball simulation game MLB 2K10.
The rules were simple: the first person to pitch a perfect game, while playing online and videotaping the game on your own, wins a million dollars.
McGilberry was so enraptured by the contest that he even talked to his wife about skipping work to practice the game. As it turns out, though, a stroke of luck made his victory much simpler than that.
After only 6 game playthroughs, McGilberry pitched a perfect game on his 7th try - a feat he has been unable to do again. Representatives from the ad agency that put together the contest, as well as from the game's publisher 2K Sports, came to his house within a few weeks and surprised him with one of those huge million-dollar checks.
The lucky man appeared on CBS's Early Show this morning and said that sports games aren't usually his cup of tea. He's more of a Call of Duty or Halo kind of guy. But that competitive spirit can transcend genres, apparently.
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