US Open Beer Mug Megan Lucky talks about the Jumbotron moment

Megan Lucky said she never expected to do it again viral beer cuckoo stunt at the US Open this year – but now she “can’t wait to continue the tradition”.

“I thought if it happened again I’d like to have a moment to freak out the crowd again,” Lucky, 26, told the Post in a phone interview on Wednesday.

Lucky and her boyfriend were sitting at Louis Armstrong Stadium – one of the smaller venues for the US Open in Queens – on Friday when she said she noticed cameramen staring at her and then began frantically communicating with each other on their walkie-talkies.

“And I was like, oh oh!” Lucky remembered.

“Sure enough, the cameras found me later. I took the moment and drank the beer,” she said, adding that it was Heineken.

Lucky, who lives in New York City, is pictured with her boyfriend at Louis Armstrong Stadium in Queens on Friday.
Lucky, who lives in New York City, is pictured with her boyfriend at Louis Armstrong Stadium in Queens on Friday.
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Lucky’s quick brew gurgling was broadcast on the venue’s jumbotron and from there it quickly went viral on social media.

“I just love having a moment where people are excited and cheering and feeling something,” she said.

Lucky, who lives in New York City and works at a company, had her first unexpected taste of internet fame exactly a year ago, while having a beer to the delight of her fellow viewers at the same stadium.

US Open cameramen spotted her in the crowd and placed her on the jambotron, prompting the fan to have another cup of beer as she did in 2021.
US Open cameramen spotted her in the crowd and placed her on the jumbotron, prompting the fan to have another cup of beer as she did in 2021.
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The sports fan told The Post that her initial beer-guzzling performance was spontaneous – and partly fueled by previous drinking.

“I was a bit tipsy and had a bit of liquid courage in me. It was definitely spontaneous,” Lucky admitted, adding that seeing her face on the jumbotron made her feel like she “had to do something.”

Lucky described the social media frenzy that followed her stunt as a “scream.”

“I felt like a mini-celebrity for a while,” she said. “I never expected something like this to happen… I didn’t plan it. It just happened.”

The tennis fan said when she arrived at the stadium last week she told her boyfriend she doesn’t expect to appear on the giant screen again. And the couple sat in different seats compared to last year — they were seated next to a teetotal pastor and his wife.

The tennis fan didn't expect her to appear on screen again this year, but she was prepared just in case.
The tennis fan didn’t expect her to appear on screen again this year, but she was prepared just in case.
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It seems Lucky’s back-to-back beer gulps have inspired others to follow in their footsteps: During a US Open match at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night, another fan was spotted sipping a frothy drink in front of the camera.

“I think it’s the coolest thing ever,” she said of this developing trend. “I’m honored … I love bringing people together through sport. I just think it’s really, really cool to be almost an icon.”

Lucky admitted that she’s not a huge beer lover, doesn’t have a favorite brewery, and “would just drink anything that’s in front of me,” she said, while stressing that she doesn’t advocate binge drinking since her quick gulps might suggest.

“It was in the moment. i like to have fun But I don’t drink 100 beers,” she added, laughing.

Lucky revealed that she enjoys playing sports – she’s a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, just like her dad – and also follows tennis. During this year’s US Open, she fired for Australian Nick Kyrgios and her idol Serena Williams.

Lucky said the attention was fun and she already has plans to return to the US Open next year.
Lucky said the attention was fun and she already has plans to return to the US Open next year.
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Now that both tennis superstars are out of the championship, Lucky is just watching for fun.

When asked about her newfound online fame, Lucky said that despite all the attention surrounding her, she tries to keep her feet on the ground.

“People only see a small part of me, and I have to keep an eye on it,” she said.

Meanwhile, Lucky is already making plans to return to the US Open next year with a beer in hand.

“I can’t wait to continue the tradition,” she said.

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