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Detroit Free Press notes WSU employee Michael Colburn winner of Detroit Pistons fan contest

January 15, 2013

Wayne State University employee Michael Colburn read his e-mail a few days after Christmas and at first couldn't believe his eyes. A message from Palace Sports & Entertainment told him he was headed to London. At first he thought it was a joke. But he remembered seeing the promotion in the Free Press a few days before Christmas. He joined one of the Detroit Pistons fan clubs to be registered in the contest, but he had forgotten about it during the busy holiday season. So the 57-year-old resident of Clinton Township -- a Pistons fan since the Cobo Arena days -- called the number and discovered it was no joke. He is headed to London to watch the Pistons face the New York Knicks on Thursday.