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Prison Inmate Wins Sugar Bowl Trip

December 6, 1985

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ A prison inmate whose hand-drawn entry blank won him a trip to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans in a contest with 210,000 entries has received $1,000 instead of the excursion.

Larry Correll, a prisoner at the Morgan County Regional Correctional Facility, accepted the cash equivalent of the prize after his entry was plucked from thousands stuffed into the bed of a pickup truck, contest officials said Thursday.

Correll turned the money over to his wife, Naomi Correll, said Russ Bebb, sports editor at The Knoxville Journal who drew Correll’s entry.

The Pick ‘n’ Win contest, sponsored by the Journal, WIVK radio station and WBIR-TV, has offered a $1,000 prize each week for the selected entry that correctly chooses the winners of 15 college football games across the country.

This week’s was the final drawing, with a prize of bowl tickets, air fare, and hotel accommodations for two, plus $200 spending money.

Mrs. Correll said she would use the money for Christmas expenses, Bebb said.

″It would be nice if I could use the prize,″ Correll said. ″I’m just glad I was able to do something for my family.″

Correll is serving a 30-year term at the Wartburg prison for second-degree murder.

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