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Pizza Hut awards student $10k and free pizza after half court shot

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Jack Lavery became an internet sensation when a video emerged on Youtube of him winning a competition at his university that netted the freshman $10,000.

To earn his winnings, during half time of the university's basketball game, Lavery netted a lay up, shot from the free throw line, a shot from three point rage, and then another shot from half court (at the second attempt.)

However, the story turned sour when West Chester University - the college Lavery attends - announced that they would not be awarding the teenager any of his winnings. The school claimed that he needed to make all the shots in succession to take home the winnings, and not just inside the time limit. 

This is where our hero of the story steps in. 

Pizza Hut saw what had gone and decided to celebrate and reward Jack's achievement themselves. 

From their official account @PizzaHut, the company tweeted Lavery saying:

“Hey @JackLavs22, we know greatness when we see it. We have a check for $10K and free pizza for a year for you. What say you? #PayJackLavs.” 

Formalities were exchanged and now Jack has his well deserved winnings and plenty of free pizza to sweeten the deal, while the pizza chain get kudos and some earned good PR.

“That was one that seemed a pretty remarkable feat with a disappointing ending for everybody," Pizza Hutt spokesman Doug Terfehr told NBC Philadelphia. "These are moments that we can appreciate that are better than an average day."

Jack already knows what he's doing with the money. The 18 year old tweeted he has given $500 to a local charity - Woody's Circle of Care - and the rest will be going on his education and a car. 

We're glad this story reached a happy conclusion, and if you're ever in West Chester, Pennsylvania i'm sure there is one young man won't mind sharing his food.  

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