Kevin Gracie showed up to Camden Yards on Tuesday, August 19 knowing it was Luke Scott t-shirt giveaway night. But Gracie, a second-year law student at the University of Baltimore School of Law, didn’t get his t-shirt.
Instead, he walked away with $50,000 and five years’ worth of season tickets to the Baltimore Orioles.
After having his ticket scanned, Gracie was taken aside and declared to be the Baltimore Orioles’ 50 millionth fan. The Orioles had been tracking the number of fans in attendance at Oriole Park at Camden Yards since the stadium opened on April 6, 1992.
“I go all the time – probably 10-15 times a year since I was five,” says Gracie, a resident of Ellicott City. As such, the lifelong O’s fan admits that his financial windfall didn’t immediately sink in.
“[I was] excited for the season tickets,” he says. “I knew the money was going to go into savings and to help with my undergrad (at York College of Pennsylvania) and law school loans.”
Majoring in criminal law in college led Gracie to an internship with the law firm of Shapiro & Mack P.A. in Columbia, Maryland, where he continues to work when not attending class at the University of Baltimore.
“I enjoy being able to analyze the law and find the solution,” Gracie says when asked what intrigues him about studying law. “I want to help people out.”