Excitement mounting for 2012 NBA Draft as Hornets have two Lottery picks

May 16, 2012

Amidst the excitement surrounding the upcoming NBA Draft Lottery, the New Orleans Hornets have launched a Mr. Lottery Ball campaign presented by Budweiser. In addition to, the team will host several fan contests and events through and the Hornets Twitter and Facebook pages.

Mr. Lottery Ball will be introduced to fans today on presented by Budweiser. Mr. Lottery Balls overall goal is to achieve the #1 pick for the Hornets. Fans can check the website leading up to the Lottery for more videos, including the official Mr. Lottery Ball announcement and A Day in the Life of feature.

The campaign will culminate on May 29 with a helicopter drop at Zephyr Field for the participants of the Lottery Ball Decoration Contest. The helicopter will drop all 1,000 fan-decorated lottery balls and the closest to the target will win a meet-and-greet with the Hornets 2012 draft picks and personalized jersey. Fans will have the opportunity to decorate the lottery balls at Hornets events and grassroots appearances leading up to the lottery or send in submissions of their own. Notable entries will be featured on and fans will have the opportunity to vote on the top three choices for prizes.

The Hornets will also host a Social Lottery Ball Pass in which 10 specially-numbered Hornets lottery balls will be distributed across the New Orleans market. Fans will take a photo of themselves with the lottery ball or the ball at different locations across the city and post their pictures on Twitter with the hash tag #mrlotteryball or post to the Hornets Facebook page. Through and the Hornets Twitter and Facebook accounts, fans will be able to track the travels of the lottery balls leading up to the NBA draft lottery.

The Hornets will also be taking submissions for a Draft Lottery Lucky Charm, and hosting a Draft Lottery Trivia challenge and an online register-to-win contest. Help from fans will be solicited for lucky charms as selected items will head off to New York City with the Hornets Draft Lottery representative.

The final two contests will consist of an enter-to-win and NBA Draft Lottery Trivia. For the enter-to-win contest, fans will have the opportunity to guess our two draft positions. A winner will be randomly selected from all correct entries to win a 2012 NBA Draft hat autographed by the Hornets first round picks. Draft Lottery trivia will be sent to fans through the Hornets Mobile Buzz on alternating days starting on May 16. Each winner will receive a Hornets prize pack for correct answers.

Rules and regulations for all contests can be found at The Hornets will host a Draft Lottery Party for fans at Mannings Restaurant (519 Fulton Street) on May 30 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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