One ticket is all it takes to win the big­gest prize

Whitsunday Times - - LIFE COMMUNITY -

HE ONLY sub­mit­ted one en­try – but that was all it took to win $5000 in cold hard cash.

Nine­teen-year-old Cadell Sch­len­ner from Can­non­vale left the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel Satur­day af­ter­noon with a big smile on his face af­ter be­ing lucky enough to have his en­try drawn from the huge bar­rel.

The win­ning of the Reef Gate­way and the Whit­sun­day Times Cash or Cruise pro­mo­tion would go a long way to pay­ing off his car loan and he ex­pected to be shout­ing a few drinks.

Cadell said he was shak­ing af­ter win­ning the loot but was not one of those peo­ple who won ev­ery­thing they en­tered.

“It’s just the luck of the draw, I sup­pose,” he said.

Cadell elected on his en­try form to take the cash rather than the cruise on the Ova­tion of the Seas.

Pro­mo­tions man­ager at the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel, Mark Wilkins, said if the en­try holder was not present they couldn’t claim the prize and it was lucky that the owner of first en­try drawn was present to col­lect the prize.

Mr Wilkins said judg­ing by the amount of en­try forms in the bar­rel it had been a suc­cess­ful com­pe­ti­tion.

“Its a big box and there are a lot of en­tries in there,” he said.

Mr Wilkins said the next col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Whit­sun­day Times, the Whit­sun­day Coast Guardian and the Reef gate­way Ho­tel could make a new car a re­al­ity for one lucky Whit­sun­day lo­cal.

“We will be launch­ing that one mid year,” he said.

The Reef Gate­way Ho­tel will host a cy­clone re­cov­ery party to­day.

From 2–4.30pm the ho­tel will of­fer beer, bar­be­cue and wine for free.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PROUD HELPER: Air­lie Beach Ro­tary Club mem­ber David Pad­don shows gen­er­a­tors do­nated via GIVIT.

PHOTO: PETER CARRUTHERS

LUCKY: Pro­mo­tions man­ager at the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel, Mark Wilkins, with com­pe­ti­tion win­ner Cadell Sch­len­ner and Whit­sun­day Times gen­eral man­ager Steve Jack­lin.

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