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PA Student Who Made Half-Court Shot Gets His $10K (And Pizza)

Pizza Hut offered the West Chester University student the cash and grub through a tweet.

Screenshot, twitter.com/pizzahut
Screenshot, twitter.com/pizzahut
Miracle shot-maker Jack Lavery will get his $10,000--and with extra toppings.

The West Chest University student made a stunning series of shots during a halftime contest with a $10,000 prize. The only problem? A technicality. Lavery took two tries to make the half-court shot when the contest's rules dictated he would have to make it on one.

The Hatboro-Horsham High School graduate's story--and video of his half-court shot--quickly went viral. On Tuesday, Pizza Hut tweeted "Hey @JackLavs22, we know greatness when we see it. We have a check for $10K and free pizza for a year for you. What say you? #PayJackLavs."

A grateful Lavery accepted the cash offering and the extra pizza: "I feel incredibly blessed and honored to be awarded the generous gift of $10k and free pizza for a year! Thank you @pizzahut You guys rock."
Robert Curry February 20, 2014 at 04:02 AM
Hooray for PIZZA HUT! I thank them for coming forward with their support! I feel that since the tasks WERE completed within the allotted time, he should be awarded a prize! IF the rules DID very CLEARLY STATE that only ONE attempt at completing each task was permitted, then technically they are correct, he failed if he took two attempts, but a lesser prize should STILL be awarded, due to the difficulty of doing so in the allotted time, as it was still an AMAZING FEAT!
TP February 20, 2014 at 07:26 AM
The student apparently was ineligible to be in the contest to begin with since the rules stated that you couldn't have played high school basketball to be in the contest. He signed the contract anyway stating that he hadn't played. Then he didn't win according to the rules - but he gets the prize and pizza. That makes no sense.
carol ray February 20, 2014 at 08:01 AM
if that is true and he lied I agree but then I think its a wishy washy contest too....Kudos to Pizza Hut..wonder if they will help me fix my car that a hit and run driver just whacked and I only had liability because it was old but reliable LOL..i needed that old car lol!!
Andrew Himes February 20, 2014 at 08:19 AM
If he had to make the shots on the 1st try why was the PA announcer still counting down the time after he missed the half court shot? If that was the case the miss would have ended his chances at winning and the remaining time left on the clock is meaningless. I'm a WCU grad and this all just makes the university look bad. They didn't attempt anything to make the situation right, even if it was offering a lesser prize.
carol ray February 20, 2014 at 08:31 AM
I wondered that too..why let him try 2 more times f he missed what they considered his only shot?
Jane February 20, 2014 at 08:47 AM
Kudos to Pizza Hut...kudos to WCU. Rules are just that: RULES! If you don't like them, dont play the game. Period.
Cathie McFadden February 20, 2014 at 09:45 AM
Good for Pizza Hut. ay to come through. Why wasn't he placed at half court for the first shot if those were the rules. WCU you blew it!!!
Michael Maloney February 20, 2014 at 09:50 AM
I am glad the kid got the $10K and the pizza, BUT he didn't WIN it. Pizza Hut was cool enough and smart enough to use it as a PR stunt. The kid's shots were awesome BUT the contract HE signed stated clearly that he needed to make the first shots at EVERY location. He had admitted that over and over. Once again, it came down to, what is going to make US feel good not necessarily what was right or wrong.
Sue Koch Vanbilliard February 20, 2014 at 01:49 PM
if it had to be done on the 1st attempt of each shot.....why bother timing it? kudos to pizza hut! west chester should be ashamed of themselves. and hopefully the bit about being a bb player and not allowed to compete is false.
Jane February 20, 2014 at 02:29 PM
WCU was following their OWN RULES!!! It was timed due to this, also!!! Sure, it was sad, but RULES ARE RULES!!! Since when is breaking this, okay? Pizza Hut is wonderful, however, can you say PUBLICITY? Sure ya can!!!
Michael Maloney February 20, 2014 at 03:26 PM
The kid has admitted that the contract states both! He didn't read it ... he was at a basketball game. BUT, that is what it states. I am sure the WCU's insurance company denied the payout. Again, I am glad he got the money but he clearly did not WIN it!
carol ray February 20, 2014 at 03:29 PM
well usually something like that they run down the rules before they say GO..i should hope they did and then it would have been clear what was expected
ron February 20, 2014 at 03:51 PM
The new American way. Reward someone for not following rhe rules.
Gee February 20, 2014 at 08:43 PM
Agreed.
Leigh February 20, 2014 at 10:01 PM
Forget the time - the kid played high school basketball, which was against the rules. He took the opportunity to win 10K from someone else and gets rewarded for it. Lame.
Gina TB February 20, 2014 at 11:24 PM
If he had to make the shots on the 1st try then why did they allow him the 2nd shot? after he missed the 1st half court shot that should have been the end. Publicity shot or not i commend Pizza Hut for stepping up to award him the $10k. I hope that Jack uses that money and pays if forward some day.
ron February 21, 2014 at 02:17 PM
They did not let him take a second shot. The ball just took a bounce right back to him so he quick threw up a second shot. The bottom line was he lost and that should have been the end of it. There should have been no whining or complaining. Maybe Pizza Hut should give 10K to all the prior contestants whom lost but at least followd the rules and did not complain.

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