Meryl wins brand new car

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page -

Meryl Clow couldn’t quite be­lieve her luck when she scratched a ticket which re­vealed ‘Con­grat­u­la­tions you have won a Ford Fi­esta’.

The Mata­mata woman is now the owner of a brand new Ford Fi­esta thanks to Va­ri­ety – The Chil­dren’s Char­ity.

In Septem­ber, Va­ri­ety ran its an­nual Scratch ’n’ Win cam­paign through The Ware­house. Cus­tomers through­out the coun­try had the chance to buy a $2 scratch ticket with all pro­ceeds go­ing to Va­ri­ety to help pro­vide dig­i­tal de­vices to low-de­cile schools.

Meryl was very ex­cited to see she’d won the brand new car and in fact, apart from win­ning a pony as a young­ster, she has never won any­thing in her life.

‘‘I have al­ways sup­ported Va­ri­ety and any­thing for chil­dren. I thought I’d scratch it at home then had to wait to get out of the carpark so scratched it there.

When I read ‘Con­grat­u­la­tions you have won a Ford Fi­esta’ I thought ‘yeah right’ and left it on the floor of the car.

‘‘When I got home I picked it up with my shop­ping and went in­side to my hus­band and said ‘check this out, I think we may have won a car’. With that we copied the ticket and went to the post of­fice still not believ­ing it to be true.

The next morn­ing I went to The Ware­house with my copied ticket and took them some morn­ing tea and they con­firmed, yes, we have won a new car.’’

The team at The Ware­house in Mata­mata, where the win­ning ticket was sold, was also very happy to be part of the cam­paign.

Store man­ager Alex Calder said it was great for the Mata­mata com­mu­nity to see win­ning can hap­pen in the ru­ral town.

‘‘Prizes like th­ese can of­ten go to the big ci­ties,’’ he said. ‘‘We’re so de­lighted for Meryl.’’

Va­ri­ety is proud to part­ner with The Ware­house on the Scratch ’n’ Win cam­paign.

It funds their Lap­tops for Learn­ing pro­gramme, which pro­vides dig­i­tal de­vices to low de­cile schools across New Zealand.

The aim is to give young peo­ple ac­cess to dig­i­tal de­vices as part of their in-class learn­ing. To date, close to 1000 dig­i­tal de­vices val­ued at over $530,000 have been pro­vided na­tion­ally.

PHOTO: TERESA HATTAN

Meryl Clow is the owner of a brand new Ford Fi­esta af­ter pur­chas­ing a very lucky $2 scratch ticket from The Ware­house last month.

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