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Woman Scores Half-Court Shot, $500, Fiancé

It was an eventful few minutes for Upstate New York woman
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2017 11:59 AM CST

(Newser) – When Erin Tobin shoots, sometimes she really scores: The 30-year-old New Yorker and college basketball fan was watching her alma mater Siena take on Manhattan on Thursday night in Albany when she got the opportunity to take a half-court shot with a $500 gift card on the line. Not only did she sink the shot and score the cash, reports People, but she turned around to see the Dunkin' Donuts mascot ditching his costume—revealing Tobin's boyfriend, Steve Duckett, who sank to one knee, ring in hand.

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"I was jumping up and down after hitting the shot since my brother said he’d give me $50 if I even hit the rim," says Tobin. "Then I turned around expecting a gift card from Dunkin’ Donuts and there he was on his knees and I didn’t have any words." Spoiler alert: She said yes. Says Duckett: "I said to myself, ‘Of course she would hit the shot.'" The AP notes that that wasn't the end of Tobin's streak that night: Siena beat Manhattan 94-71. (Read more marriage proposal stories.)

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