Winner toasts All Black prize in Coke
It is a trip of a lifetime and it is all thanks to a few bottles of Coke.
David Young, a truck driver for J Swap Contractors, won a nationwide contest to join the All Blacks on tour in Argentina.
‘‘I was late home and my wife said someone was looking for me to tell me I had won a prize,’’ Mr Young said.
‘‘ I couldn’t even remember entering anything.’’
It turns out Mr Young had automatically entered the competition by buying two bottles of Coke Zero and swiping his Fly Buys card at New World Matamata.
‘‘The lady called back and said only one person in New Zealand won and it was me,’’ he said.
‘‘ I was waiting for someone to ask me for my credit card details or something.
‘‘I got on the internet straight away and checked it out on the Coke website and everything she told me was correct.
‘‘ I had a bottle of Coke in the fridge so I poured two glasses and told my wife we had to have some before I told her.’’
The tour package includes flights for four to Buenos Aires, fivestar accommodation for seven nights, a tour of the city, $4000 spending money, tickets to see the All Blacks play Argentina, an All Blacks supporters pack, lunch with the team and access to postmatch functions.
Mr Young, who said he has never won so much as a bar of soap before, plans to take his wife Deborah and their 20-year-old son Robert and his partner Gabby along.
‘‘I asked my son and it took him about one second to say yes,’’ Mr Young said.
‘‘It’s an extremely big prize, it took me a cou- ple of days to kind of get over it.’’
Mr Young follows the All Blacks when he can – his hours as a truck driver make it difficult – and was looking forward to the match.
‘‘ We think our stadiums here are big but the stadiums over there are enormous.’’
But having travelled to only Australia and Rarotonga before, he was more excited about seeing the culture in South America.
‘‘ I haven’t started looking at what there is to do and where we can go as far as sight-seeing goes yet,’’ he said.
‘‘It will be good see- ing the people and how they live, just having the experience of a different country.’’
One of his workmates at Swaps is from Uruguay and he plans to pick up a few tips before he leaves on September 24.
‘‘It’s something that I will never do again.’’
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David Young Jackpot: Coke promotion winner David Young, centre, with New World Matamata owner Matthew Hart and Coke representatives Natalie Harrison and Andrew Drummond.