Long shot comes in for one lucky punter

Matamata Chronicle - - Breeders’ Stakes - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Mata­mata print worker Gra­ham Welling­ton is about as lucky as they come.

At the last J Swap Con­trac­tors Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes he left with a brand new Ford Fal­con XR6 and a 50-inch flatscreen TV.

The odds were al­most in­sur­mount­able.

To win, he had to pick the horse to win the fea­ture race, have his name drawn, then pick the cor­rect en­ve­lope out of 100.

He chose en­ve­lope No 71 and to ev­ery­one’s amaze­ment – he won. ‘‘I was so shocked. ‘‘I was a bit stunned re­ally,’’ Mr Welling­ton said.

‘‘No one even knew what to do when I won be­cause no one ever had be­fore.’’

He had driven past the car the week be­fore and joked to his wife and co-work­ers that he would win it.

He even had the No 71 all ready, just in case.

‘‘I had thought about it that week and I knew if I had the chance I would pick that num­ber,’’ Mr Welling­ton said.

It has been a year since he drove away in the car from Fairview Mo­tors Mata­mata and he is still buzzing about it.

It has been on a few road trips, in­clud­ing one to Whaka­papa ski field at Ruapehu, and all around the Coro­man­del Penin­sula.

‘‘It’s been very nice to drive . . . love the cruise con­trol in it,’’ he said.

It wasn’t the first lucky break for Mr Welling­ton.

In fact, he has won three sep­a­rate trips away through other com­pe­ti­tions.

On the ra­dio, he won a mys­tery weekend to Christchurch, then an all-ex­penses paid trip to Bris­bane to see the All Blacks in ac­tion. He also won flights to Syd­ney through the TAB. To top it off, on the same day he won the car and the TV from Tone­Zone, he bought his mother-in­law a Lotto ticket that won her $2000.

‘‘I guess I have been pretty lucky,’’ he said.

Pun­ters at this year’s Breed­ers’ Stakes will once again have the chance to win a new Ford Fal­con XR6 and a big screen TV.

Lucky one: Mata­mata res­i­dent Gra­ham Welling­ton was the win­ner of the Ford Fal­con XR6 at last year’s Breed­ers’ Stakes.

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