After winning a Lucky Break contest in late 2003 I thought it would be fun to enter any contests on a regular basis. I don't believe in gambling so I don't play the lottery but there is nothing lost by entering contests. So I entered as many contests as I could in 2004. I won a few prizes through the year, a Sony Mp3 player, an HP digital camera and printer, an autographed Hoobastank
surfboard and a lots of other things.
In May 2004, I was sent an affidavit through my e-mail on a prize I won through New Line Cinema
for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
. So I didn't think much about it, had it notarized and mailed it off.
A week later someone called me back and mentioned that they hadn't received my affidavit. I thought I won maybe a tee shirt or a DVD, at tops maybe the LOTR chess set. Well, the contact told me that he couldn't tell me what I won until he received the affidavit but he could guarantee I won a good prize. He mentioned that the first prize for this contest was a trip to New Zealand and the grand prize was a 2004 Chrysler
Town & Country minivan. Well, I was all for the trip to New Zealand
Earlier last year, My Mom had mentioned that she wanted to buy a new car as she's never had a new car in her entire life! So I told her that if I ever won a vehicle I'd give it to her.
A few months later, she gave her car away to a friend and had been driving my 1991 fugly Honda which has no air conditioning. So finally in June I was called and told that I was the winner of a 2004 Town & Country minivan. It's taken several months to award the prize but I'm pleased to annouce that this morning we picked up the 2005 Town & Country (because so much time elapsed between the notice and awarding of the prize).
It's fully loaded, there is a seat warmer on the driver's seat! The interior is all leather and it had a DVD player and GPS unit. It also has the stow and go seats. The people at the dealership were incredibly excited because they've never sold a vehicle that held all these features. They said only 5% of the vehicles they sell have the stow and go seats.
They couldn't believe that I had won the van and one man even brushed up against me for luck (I felt that was a bit disturbing but wouldn't have minded if it were say Brad Pitt
!) My Mom was diagnosed with Thalassemia
Alpha and Type 2 Diabetes
last year and this has certainly lifted her spirits.