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London nurse could become instant millionaire in shootout contest

Less than a week after proposing to longtime girlfriend Julie Vallas, the 29-year-old registered nurse was randomly selected from more than three million entries for a chance to become an instant millionaire in a shootout contest on national television.

The London, Ont., resident will be the inaugural Chevy Silverado Million Dollar Shootout participant during the first intermission of the Calgary at Vancouver NHL game on Dec. 27, TSN announced Wednesday.

He's an RN at Victoria Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre.

"I'm still waiting to wake up from a dream," says Hall. "This Christmas is becoming the most memorable one ever."

Hall, who is six-foot-two and 220 pounds, should have a good chance to win big at GM Place. He plays recreational hockey. He was good enough to play triple-A midget hockey in his home city of North Bay, Ont., and he took part in former NHL player Darren Turcotte's annual hockey schools, so he knows how to fire a puck.

Hall and two friends, Gord Cameron and Mason Ward, will go to centre ice where they will have 15 seconds each to shoot 10 pucks at an open net. That's 30 pucks in all.

If five find the net, Hall wins a 2007 Chevy Silverado. Ten shots that find the mark earn each of the three a new Silverado truck. If they get 15 into the net, all three, plus an online entrant and a fan at the game get trucks.

"I can just see me and the guys driving around town in a convoy of Silverados," Hall said.

Following the group shots, Hall moves to the far blue-line. He'll have 24 seconds to shoot 20 pucks at the open net, and he will win $1 million in a one-time payout if he puts in 15 or more.

"If I win the million dollars, the first thing I'm going to do is buy my parents a house and move them to London (from North Bay)," Hall said.

Hall and his buddies get a one-hour training session on the morning of Dec. 27 to prepare.


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