Early celebration for young shopper
Christmas came early for Paityn Chambers, 19, of Warracknabeal when she won a $15,000 cash jackpot in a major regional shopping promotion.
Paityn was one of 19 finalists in The Weekly Advertiser and radio stations 3WM and MIXX FM Jackpot or the Cash competition.
During an official draw at Harvey Norman Horsham on Saturday, she discovered she was the lucky finalist who had a special code that unlocked a winning suitcase.
ACE Horsham’s promotions manager Kaycee Bould said the draw was an exciting conclusion to what had been a productive, successful and fun competition.
“The competition was designed to strongly push the ‘shop locally’ idea, and from November 21 to December 15 more than 5000 Wimmera shoppers across the region entered,” she said.
“That not only meant 5000 people entered a competition, but also that 5000 people had made a conscious decision to shop locally – that was how they qualified to enter.”
The Weekly Advertiser, 3WM and MIXX FM general manager Brendan O’loughlin said as well as the $15,000 jackpot, the station also gave away a further $6800 in radio cash giveaways.
“This was for participants who opted to take immediate cash prizes instead of going into the big draw,” he said.
“Critically, while it was most enjoyable being in a position to offer such wonderful cash prizes, we are extremely happy that we have helped promote the spirit of shopping locally this Christmas.”
Ms Bould said Paityn had been shaking in excitement and during the final draw.
“It’s a great end to the year and what a great Christmas surprise for Paityn, who entered at Prouds the Jewellers in Horsham. She said she planned to use the money for a deposit on a house,” Ms Bould said.
“This is an incredible and potentially life-changing prize and we’re more than happy to be part of this wonderful promotion with major sponsors Harvey Norman Horsham and Ararat.”
Competition runners-up received gift packs, which included $100 Harvey Norman vouchers and wine from Celebrations Superstore in Horsham.
“It is a wonderful way to celebrate the end of the year. And the message from The Weekly Advertiser and 3WM and MIXX FM is to keep watching this space in 2019,” Ms Bould said. anticipation
CASH PRIZE: Paityn Chambers is pictured with her $15,000 cheque after winning the Jackpot or the Cash competition.