DONNIE HASTINGS WINS FIRST EVER STRAT-O-MATIC SCAVENGER HUNT
GLEN HEAD, N.Y., Feb. 13, 2014 – Donnie Hastings of Red Bay, Alabama has won the first ever Strat-O-Matic Scavenger Hunt.
The Scavenger Hunt, which was launched back on September 10th, featured 27 tasks for Strat-O-Matic fanatics to complete. The fan with the most tasks completed by Strat-O-Matic’s Opening Day on February 14th, or the first person to complete all 27 tasks before then, would win the contest. Tasks included sending in various specific Strat-related photos and videos, competing in different Strat-O-Matic leagues and tournaments, as well as interacting with the Company on all of its social media platforms.
Hastings, who has been playing Strat-O-Matic for 35 years, was able to complete all 27 tasks.
“After completing quite a few of the tasks, I re-read the rules and realized that I could get the others with some help,” he said. “The last couple of weeks have been intense, but I was determined to win after being this close.”
Amongst the highlights of Hastings’ submissions were a photo of him with a statue of Elvis Presley in his birthplace of Tupelo, Mississippi with Presley holding a Strat-O-Matic Baseball board game, as well as a photo of a young boy wearing a customized T-shirt that read “My Dad can beat your Dad at Strat-O-Matic.”
As the grand prize for winning the Scavenger Hunt, Hastings will receive a $250.00 Strat-O-Matic merchandise credit.
Paul Dylan of Poulsbo, WA finished second in the Scavenger Hunt, completing 25 of the 27 tasks.
Donnie Hastings brought Strat-O-Matic to the birthplace of Elvis Presley
Strat-O-Matic was invented by 11-year-old Hal Richman in his bedroom in Great Neck, NY in 1948 as a result of his frustration with the statistical randomness of other baseball board games. He discovered the statistical predictability of dice would give his game the realism he craved. Over the next decade he perfected the game at summer camp and then as a student at Bucknell University. After producing All-Star sets in 1961 and ‘62, he parlayed a $5,000 loan from his father (and made a deal that if it didn’t work out he would work for his father’s insurance company) into the original 1962 Strat-O-Matic Baseball season game. Needless to say, Hal never had to take a job with his father.
Strat-O-Matic, based in Glen Head, NY and on the Internet at www.strat-o-matic.com, manufactures the top selling sports board games and is the leading producer of realism/stats sports digital games. The Company publishes baseball, football, basketball and hockey games to play both on and off your computer and mobile screens. “Strat-O” games are known throughout the sports community for their statistical realism and accuracy. The Company has the world’s greatest sports game stat libraries with top-of-the-line seasons dating back to the early 1900’s. Recently, the Company released Strat-O-Matic Negro Leagues, the first sports simulation game to accurately reflect more than 100 Negro League players who never had the chance to show their skills in the major leagues. In June of 2012, two Strat-O-Matic Fanatics set a Guinness World Record by playing continuous games of the Strat-O-Baseball board game for 61 hours and 2 minutes, demonstrating the extreme playability and ultimate enjoyment of Strat-O-Matic games.
The Company has a loyal celebrity following including a bevy of sportscasters and sports journalists such as Bob Costas, Buzz Bissinger, Jon Miller, former MLB’ers Keith Hernandez, Doug Glanville, Cal Ripken; and sports super fans including Bryant Gumbel, Tim Robbins, Drew Carey and Spike Lee. More information is available at: www.strat-o-matic.com.