Rock-paper-scissors pays holiday dividends

December 18, 2008 4:47:14 PM PST
A child's game of chance allowed a local soldier serving overseas an opportunity to come home for the holidays.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Austin Hill got a big kiss and hug from his wife Elizabeth and daughter Ava Thursday at Bush Intercontinental Airport. The soldier belongs to an Army Infantry unit stationed in Afghanistan. Two months ago, Hill and nine other soldiers in the unit learned that only one of them could go home for Christmas so they used a classic game of chance to select who got to be the lucky soldier.

"It was rock-paper-scissors. There was nine guys and they only had one spot so from what I understand they played rock-paper-scissors and he won," said Hill's mother, Jean.

Hill last saw his daughter when she was five-weeks-old. The soldier will spend 15 days at home then return to duty abroad.

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