The following is from the Nov. 17, 2007, edition of The Hattiesburg (Miss.) American.

Hattiesburg native strikes $60K deal


Hattiesburg native Erin Krafft is $60,000 richer after her appearance Friday night on NBC's "Deal or No Deal."

"I'm definitely going to put it towards graduate school," Krafft said.

Krafft is a graduate student at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She was a junior high teacher in Houston when some of her students encouraged her to send in an audition tape for the game show last year.  

The University of Mississippi alumna said she hosted a party Friday to watch her episode. Between 30 to 40 people showed up to cheer her on, she said.

"Hands down I played an awesome game," she said. "It could have been more money but you can't help it. It's just part of the game."

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