Saskatoon, SK, 2017-Jun-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — When Tonya Beeching was told over the phone she had won $100,000 in a Co-op contest, she originally thought it was a scam.
“I was kind of freaking out,” said the resident of Elk Point, Alta. “I was pacing up and down and totally in shock.”
Beeching is the grand-prize winner in Co-op’s 2017 Fuel Up to Win contest. Beeching, a member of Cornerstone Co-op in northeastern Alberta, won in a random draw of online entries after no one collected the seven game stickers needed in the Collect to Win portion of the promotion.
She said her family will take a small trip to celebrate, but is looking to pay off debts and invest most of the money in order to save for a down payment on a home.
The grand prize includes a $25,000 community donation, which will be shared by two organizations and projects in Elk Point and surrounding areas:
- County of St. Paul and Elk Point Family and Community Support Services – $20,000
- Elk Point Fire Department – $5,000
“We’re excited to present the grand prize to one of Co-op members,” said Graham Getz, Cornerstone Co-op General Manager. “Fuel Up to Win goes beyond being a normal contest as we’re also able to make two community donations, which is a big win for our entire community.”
Mathew Shendroski of Hadashville, Man., was the grand prize winner of the online portion of the game. Instead of taking the 2017 Ford 150 XLT, Shendroski opted for $35,000 in cash. He was reached about the prize just after filling up at the Ste. Anne Co-op Gas Bar in Steinbach, Man.
More than $8 million in prizes were available to Co-op customers in this year’s Fuel Up to Win contest. The eight-week promotion ran Feb. 24 to April 20 at Co-op Food Stores, Gas Bars and Convenience Stores, and Home Centres across Western Canada.