SEATTLE - The NFC Championship game between the Packers and the Seahawks hasn't even happened yet and Jim Borda and Craig Beckett say they've already won.
They were the first and second people to hold a pair of NFC Championship game tickets in their hands when the box office window opened just before 10 a.m., which is only fair, since two days ago they were the first and second people to line up outside CenturyLink Field, right where they made the buy that turned them into local celebrities.
"All I wanted was football tickets, you know what I mean? I didn't know it was going to be this media hoopla. I had text messages from somebody I worked with ten years ago, I haven't spoken to in ten years,” Craig said, laughing. “I don't know how they got my phone number. I got free coffee at 7-Elven this morning and all these weird things from just coming down here and sitting in the cold."
Other people in the line Tuesday morning were sitting in the cold, too, but not for nearly as long as Jim and Craig.
There were 1,200 tickets; everyone was allowed two tickets, and if everyone bought two tickets, then the last purchase would be made by number 600.
KIRO 7 ran into Jim Buys near the back of the line, who was number 654.
"I think we'll get a fair chance because out of that 50 we're banking on somebody only wanting one ticket,” he explained.
And then there are those who never waited in line but are hoping someone who did is looking to turn an immediate profit.
"I'm going to make it happen because I'm the type of person that will not give up. Where there's a will, there's a way,” Cassandra Kendrick said.
She drove here all the way from Vancouver, Washington, and said she's just hoping that "way" won't cost her more than $500.
CenturyLink said the tickets sold out about 11:30 a.m.
If you weren't in line and didn't get a wristband, and you're not a season ticket holder, there is a giveaway by the Washington State Lottery.
Seahawks fans can line up as early as 2 p.m. to purchase scratch tickets at the Washington’s Lottery Scratch Bar at Westfield Southcenter between 4 and 7 p.m.
People who purchase a $10 “DID I WIN” Scratch ticket will receive one entry for a chance to win an NFC Playoff package for the game.
There are 10 packages available to win that include a pair of tickets, a parking pass and a $100 Pro Shop gift card.
For more information, see http://www.walottery.com/Promotions/Default.aspx