Crack the safe and win 100G!
Friday, September 12th 2008, 10:47 PM
Feeling lucky? Or just broke?
To celebrate the opening of the Sunset Park branch, Amalgamated is offering visitors a chance to enter the right code on a safe and take home the $100,000 stashed inside.
"It's like one in a million," said Tiffany Pettway. "It would be worth a try. You never know."
Actually, the odds are a bit better than that.
There are 100,000 possible combinations that could make up the five-digit, computer generated code.
"It would be good for a lot of people [to be able to] rob a bank without going to jail," said Maggie Greene, 19.
Jeff Sitar, an eight-time champ of the Lockmaster's International Safecracking Competition, cracked his first safe at age 15. While there are expert strategies to open manual combination locks, a keypad lock like the one on Amalgamated's safe would leave even a seasoned cracker guessing, he said.
"There really isn't a technique," he said. "It's just luck. ... The odds are totally out there."
If Sitar knows more, he isn't telling. "We have certain tricks of the trade that I can't divulge. ... The only tip I have is good luck."
The bank is Amalgamated's second branch in Brooklyn. The Sunset Park neighborhood has been identified by the city as underserved by banks.