It was a lucky day for Blenheim man Ben Burridge when his wife decided she needed new plants –it won him $5000 cash.
Marlborough Weekly’s popular Shop & Win competition received thousands of entries from people keen to support local businesses.
And it was Ben’s visit to Marlborough’s Mitre 10 mega store that scooped him the top cash prize.
The delighted Wither Hills vineyard manager says he had looked after the couple’s son, Luca, 4, while wife Amelia went to look at the store’s huge outdoor plant centre.
“Luca loves the helicopter in the play area. I stayed with him. We had a coffee after that and then filled in the shop & Win form, never really thinking we’d win.”
After getting an email from Marlborough Weekly asking him to call. Ben says he didn’t dare hope he had won anything.
“Amelia mentioned that maybe it was the Shop & Win and we joked about it, not really thinking we had.”
Thirty-three businesses from across Marlborough signed-up to take part in this year’s draw.
Receiving the good news on Friday, Ben revealed it had been a great day all round for him and some of his colleagues at the vineyard.
“I’m not sure what we’ll spend it on yet, I’m sure there’ll be a bit of a debate about that.”
Second place winner Gail Woolacott from Linkwater won $750 after shopping at Fabric Creations in Blenheim.
A regular customer at the store, she says she will use the money when she goes on holiday.
“I’m going on a holiday soon so it will go towards that. I’d forgotten all about it; it was a lovely surprise.”
Motor Kanix co-owner Monique McKechie scooped the third prize of $250 after Senior Community Constable Russ Smith pulled her name out of the pile of entries.
She planned to use the cash, which she won from shopping at Unichem Springlands Pharmacy, at this weekend’s garden fete in Pollard Park.
“It’ll be great to use the money to put towards some Christmas gifts.
“I never win anything, so this is a wonderful surprise.”
Now in it’s third year, the Shop & Win competition has gone from strength to strength.
Marlborough Weekly owner Summa Donald says the response is heartening, especially as people are finding their feet after lockdown.
“Locals supporting locals are what this is all about and it’s more important than ever before to support our community.
“A huge thank you to all the businesses who backed the initiative, we couldn’t have done this without you.”