Gophers offering chancy 'Golden Ticket' through midnight


This being Cyber Monday, you have until midnight tonight to cash in on a promotion the University of Minnesota is calling "The Golden Ticket."

For $75, a fan can buy one pass to either nine Gophers men's basketball Big 10 home games or to all 10 men's hockey games (played after Jan. 1.).

But there's a catch. Buying the ticket is actually a gamble.

If you go to a game, and the Gophers lose, that ticket becomes void. It won't get you in to the next contest on the schedule.

Gophers ticket director Brent Holck tells the Star Tribune the U is "trying to be creative in product offerings."

The gamble isn't exactly as alluring as buying a Powerball ticket.

As of Sunday, about 30 Golden Tickets were sold for basketball games -- with hockey sales lagging behind that.

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