Duke students have not had a chance to see the Blue Devils in a bowl game since the 1995 Hall of Fame Bowl. Thanks to an unnamed donor, some will get to attend Duke’s appearance in Dec. 27th’s Belk Bowl against Cincinnati for free.

Students received an email Sunday night stating that the athletic department will hold a lottery Tuesday Dec. 4 for students to get free tickets just by presenting their Duke Card, made possible “through the generosity of a donor.”

In a video message accompanying the email, Duke defensive back Ross Cockrell said 500 students will have the chance to win tickets for the game in Charlotte.

“A great student showing in Charlotte not only supports the program but also makes a statement for future bowl invitations as Duke looks to consistently compete and play in postseason games going forward,” the email states.

Cockrell led Duke’s defense this year with five interceptions, earning first-team All-ACC honors.

“On behalf of my teammates, we would like to thank all Duke students who have supported us throughout this season,” Cockrell said in the video message. “We are excited that Duke will be headed to Charlotte, North Carolina for the Belk Bowl on Thursday Dec. 27, and we want you to join us.”