By Stacey Lee on March 21, 2013.
A local couple will use the next year thinking about how they will spend the $10,000 they will eventually receive after winning big.
Jason Laswell and wife Shawna were among the thousands of Albertans who purchased an SUTP coupon book, assuming its value was between its two covers.
“The day I got the call I was in the doctor’s office,” says Laswell. “When I got in the car I listened to a message from a guy named Gary from SUTP…I had no clue what the call was about so when I called him and he told me we had won I was quite shocked.”
Shawna admits to being “grumpy” that day and a bit irritated by her husband’s unusual behavior. When he arrived home from the doctor’s office he jumped on the phone but left her in the dark.
“He was talking about the book, where we bought it, if we had kids and that sort of thing,” she says. “I didn’t understand what was going on so I went and sat down. I was grumpy but that changed fast when he walked over to me and handed me the book Ñ asked me to guess who had won the $10,000 GIC. I said ‘no way!’”
The presentation was made Wednesday at Servus Credit Union in Medicine Hat, one of the major sponsors of the SUTP book.
“This is the second year we’ve bought one of the books,” says Laswell. “Basically they cost you $20 and after you’ve used one or two coupons the book has already paid for itself.”
The $10,000 one-year non-redeemable GIC will mean the young couple with three children under the age of eight will be able to breathe a bit easier.
“I think we’ll take a small trip somewhere,” Laswell says. “A lot of it will go towards buying a house. If we’ve already bought a house before the money is available we’ll use it for renovations or new furniture.”
Wendy Heidinger, SUTP representative, says SUTP is in its 27th year, but only in its second year in Medicine Hat. Schools and not-for-profit groups do the majority of the hard work, selling the books for $20. They get to keep $10 less the GST.
The Laswells are the first winners of the prize in Medicine Hat. Previous winners hailed from Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton.
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