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Baltimore firefighters Jeff and Sam Darby sat in the cheap seats Sunday at the Super Bowl in Miami. They won passes to the game after their $5 raffle ticket was drawn from 1,800 entries.

The person sitting next to them got his two tickets in Miami, too -- for $4,200.

"It's the very first time I've won anything in a raffle," said Sam Darby, 31, who bought the $5 ticket for two seats Saturday at Florida's NFL Experience, a festival created around the Super Bowl. His spontaneous gamble put the twosome in the upper deck, third row, Seats 11 and 12.

The raffle was held by Christmas in April, a national nonprofit organization that provides housing rehabilitation for low-income people.

The brothers traveled to Miami without tickets and without any expectations of getting into the game.

"We went ballistic, jumping up and down, screaming" when they won the tickets, said Jeff Darby, 29. "It was probably the best feeling I've had in a long time. We've been to a lot of football games, and this was the ultimate."

To show their appreciation to Christmas in April, the Darbys have volunteered to work with the group to rehabilitate houses in the Baltimore area, said Patty Johnson, the organization's national president.

Pub Date: 2/03/99

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