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Last week, Little Caesars took a big gamble, and now customers are reaping the rewards. On March 16, the pizza chain announced via a tweet that if a No. 16 team beat a No. 1 team in the 2018 men’s college basketball tournament during games played on March 15 or 16, they would give away free $5 Hot-N-Ready Lunch Combos.
The meal includes four slices of Deep!Deep! Dish pepperoni pizza and a 20-ounce Pepsi product, and the offer is good for one per family, which is defined as parents, children, siblings and spouse.
They called the promotion “If Crazy Happens 2018” and, on March 16, crazy did indeed happen when No. 16 seed University of Maryland, Baltimore County beat No. 1 seed University of Virginia. The upset was highly unexpected, as No. 16 seeds have been in the tournament since 1985, and none of them have ever bested a No. 1 seed team. In fact, UMBC weren’t merely expected to lose; they were expected to be completely annihilated.
Despite how unexpected this all was, however, Little Caesars plans to make good on their promise. Customers can claim a prize at a participating store by mentioning the offer between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on April 2, 2018, while supplies last:
Because "CRAZY HAPPENED" with a #16 beating a #1 (!!!!), everyone in America gets a free #LittleCaesars Lunch Combo on Monday, April 2nd.
— Little Caesars (@littlecaesars) March 17, 2018
Pizza fans are not the only ones who lucked out thanks to this historic win. On lucky gambler placed an $800 bet on the game in favor of UMBC at the Venetian’s Palazzo sports book in Las Vegas, collecting $16,800 for their risky bet:
A bettor put down an $800 money-line bet on UMBC.
That paid a net 16 THOUSAND DOLLARS. pic.twitter.com/jnFC4lf55G
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 17, 2018
Not too shabby! The win was such a sensation that the school is now making moves to trademark “16 over 1,” “UMBC Retrievers” and “Retriever Nation.”
Sadly though, they lost to Kansas State on March 18 and were eliminated from the tournament, but their underdog story will not soon be forgotten.
Here is the UMBC team thanking fans after their March 18 50-43 loss to the Kansas State Wildcats at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Congratulations to UMBC Retrievers on their record-busting win, and thanks for giving the entire country the chance to score some free pizza!
Not convinced a trip to Little Caesars is worth it? Look at this pizza: thick, buttery crust, golden brown mozzarella and plenty of pepperoni. Hungry yet?
Yup. We’ll see you there.
After you enjoy your free pizza lunch at Little Caesars, you’ll probably be tempted to come back again to try their ExtraMostBestest stuffed crust pizza. Inside the crust is an unbelievable THREE FEET of ooey-gooey mozzarella cheese! You can get one of these decadent pies for just $9.
Introducing the newest member of the ExtraMostBestest™ family….the ExtraMostBestest STUFFED CRUST!!!Stuffed with 3 feet of cheese for only $9 (+tax) 😋 Try it out now at your local Little Caesars.
[h/t: Food & Wine]