Spotlight: Sam Corbett

Sam Corbett.

Sam Corbett.

Sam Corbett may be the luckiest sports fan in the city. Last year, the consultant for the University of Louisville’s College of Education and the Fund for the Arts discovered he’d been chosen winner of the Golden Ticket raffle, presented by the Louisville Sports Commission (LSC).

The second annual drawing took place last spring and offered Corbett the chance of a lifetime to attend many of the major athletic events hosted in Louisville. Corbett’s Golden Ticket granted him admission to the Kentucky Oaks and Derby, last season’s Louisville Bats home games, the Quaker State 400, Bellarmine University men’s basketball games, the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball National Championship and VIP access to the 2013 Cyclocross World Championships.

The Voice-Tribune spoke with Corbett, whose family owns Sam Meyers, about his year’s worth of enviable sports fan experience as the 2012 winner of LSC’s Golden Ticket.

– Ashley Anderson, Staff Writer, The Voice-Tribune

What was your reaction when you found out you won the Golden Ticket?
It was kind of interesting. I was sitting at home, it was a Tuesday night, and my phone rang, and the caller ID flashed up “Karl Schmitt.” … My initial reaction was, “Why is Karl calling?” And then it hit me, I bet I won that ticket!

As Golden Ticket winner you got to choose between UofL or UK football and basketball season tickets. Did you go with the Cards or the Cats?
I chose the UofL tickets. This became a very one-sided transaction because my youngest son basically commandeered most of the tickets – he really was the Golden Ticket winner. My son Matt, he went to probably two thirds of the games. He really quite enjoyed himself, so I don’t know what he’s going to do next season.

What were your seats like at the events you attended?
They would be different each game, but generally I would say they ranged from really good to okay.

What was your favorite event out of all that you attended?
I think given the success of the basketball team, I think some of the key games that I went to were kind of the most memorable part of the experience, but I’d never diminish the significance of the Kentucky Oaks or Derby, either.

Did you have a chance to visit the Cyclocross World Championships?
Having never experienced that, I didn’t know much about it until the competition started – that was really exciting.

So, I’m guessing based on your experience, you’d encourage other people to enter the Golden Ticket raffle, too?
Definitely. The odds are so good, and I actually went online last spring and priced out the Oaks and Derby part. If you had bought those tickets online and factor their value. … (The total Golden Ticket sports package) is a value of (probably) $15,000 to $20,000.

Will you be entering the drawing for the Golden Ticket again this year?
Oh yeah. I was talking with Karl the other day (and I said), “What’s the probability of having a back-to-back winner?”


The Louisville Sports Commission will draw the winner of its annual Golden Ticket raffle on the evening of Tuesday, April 23.

This year’s winner will receive two tickets to each 2013-2014 regular season home football and basketball game of the major university in either Louisville or Lexington, winner’s choice. The Golden Ticket recipient will also receive two tickets to the 2013 Kentucky Oaks; 2013 Kentucky Derby; 2013 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, Bluegrass Club; 2013 Louisville Bats season home games; 2014 Paul Hornung Award Banquet and the 2014 PGA Championship.

A total of 350 tickets will be sold at $100 each. The Golden Ticket winner need not be present at the time of the drawing. To purchase a ticket, visit, call 502.587.6742 or e-mail

Contact writer Ashley Anderson at, 502.498.2051.