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Minister wins Thunder's NBA Lottery trip

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Modified: May 8, 2009 at 12:01 am •  Published: May 8, 2009
Before Randy Roper can "wear his Thunderwear in Times Square” on May 19, he’ll have to take a trip to the Thundershop to actually purchase a few items.

Roper, a 40-year-old Edmond resident, had the winning entry in the Thunder’s Draft Lottery Challenge on Thursday and will sit in the audience during the NBA Draft Lottery on May 19 at the NBA Entertainment Studios in Secaucus, N.J.

His seven-word entry, "Gonna wear my Thunderwear in Times Square,” received 61 percent of nearly 10,000 on-line fan votes, beating out finalists "I am Thunder Loud and Oklahoma Proud” (34 percent) and "Thunder rocks Loud City, New York’s next” (5 percent).

But just hours after receiving word via phone from television play-by-play man Brian Davis that he’d won, Roper sheepishly admitted he can’t think of a single Thunder item in his closet.

He did, however, promise to obtain a few articles before leaving for New York.

"I’ll make sure I have some,” Roper said.

Roper, who is a Family Life Minister at Edmond Church of Christ, will receive round trip airfare for two from Oklahoma City to New York City, hotel accommodations and per diem for the trip.

He’ll take his wife, Kerianne, and he had to have a family meeting to calm envious 9-year-old son Riley.

The Ropers will leave Oklahoma City on Monday, May 18 and return Wednesday, May 20.

"I was excited and thrilled to win it,” Randy Roper said.