Win­ner toasts All Black prize in Coke

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­

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.’’

winn’er Ar­gentina trip

David Young Jackpot: Coke pro­mo­tion win­ner David Young, cen­tre, with New World Mata­mata owner Matthew Hart and Coke rep­re­sen­ta­tives Natalie Har­ri­son and An­drew Drum­mond.

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