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LIers win chance to meet Giants QB Eli Manning
Lauren Goldman named her cat Eli Manning, but that was the closest she ever thought she’d get to hanging out with the two-time Super Bowl champion Giants quarterback.
That will change Tuesday morning as Goldman, 23, of Commack, and 19 other winners from the tri-state area of a Dunkin’ Donuts-sponsored sweepstakes get the chance to have breakfast with Manning at MetLife stadium.
During the month of September, fans from select counties in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut could enter once a day for the chance to win the “Giant HuDDle with Eli” sweepstakes on the Dunkin’ Donuts Facebook page.
Goldman entered every day.
“I absolutely love Eli Manning and I’m a huge Giants fan,” said Goldman, a nanny. “It’s just his drive for the game -- and he’s so handsome. I’ve always wanted to meet him.”
Ten entries were selected at random, and each winner is allowed to bring a guest.
Goldman is bringing her father, Gary. She said she has two older brothers who aren’t interested in sports, but she started watching football with her father by the time she was 3 years old.
“He’s so excited,” Goldman said of her father. “We still can’t believe that we won.”
Winners will arrive at MetLife stadium at 8:30 a.m., where they will meet Manning for questions and photos before having breakfast.
Goldman is one of two Long Islanders among the winners. Gerry Gagliano, 48, of Hicksville, will also rise bright and early Tuesday morning to head to the stadium for breakfast.
Gagliano, who only entered his name once and then forgot about it, is bringing his wife, Barbara, who he said is a huge Giants fan.
“She’s watching the TV every Giants game,” he said. “And you do not want to disturb her.”
All of the contest winners and their guests were allowed to submit one question for Manning, which he will answer at the event.
Goldman and her father want to know, respectively, what Manning would do if he wasn’t playing football, and if he’s a fan of Frank Sinatra, who was from Hoboken, N.J., where Manning now lives.
Gagliano plans to ask if Manning has any pre-game rituals, while his wife hopes Manning will talk about how it feels to be a two-time Super Bowl champion before his older brother, Peyton.
Photo: Lauren Goldman was among 20 Giants fans to win the chance to meet quarterback Eli Manning in a Dunkin' Donuts-sponsored sweepstakes.