$8,500 prize will go toward new furniture, paint, flooring, wood stove
HILDEN - Santa Claus has come early for a Hilden resident.
© Lynn Curwin - Special to the Truro Daily News
Janet McDowall has received an early Christmas present thanks to the Truro Daily News and local businesses. The Hilden resident is the paper's $8,500 home makeover contest winner and is receiving gift certificates from throughout the area towards home improvement projects.
Janet McDowall is ticking off a number of home improvement projects thanks to being named the Truro Daily News' $8,500 home makeover contest winner. Her home was built in 1968.
"I was so surprised to win. It hasn't sunk in yet. I'm so excited ... it's such a big win," McDowall told this paper about the substantial prize, which allows her to use the winning gift certificate package to paint her home, purchase new furniture, along with a shed and flooring, refurbish a bathroom and receive a new wood stove.
"Our wood stove is more than 30 years old and worn out. We've been talking about (doing home projects) for a few years but now we can. It's a great blessing."
McDowall and her husband are retired and have two sons and five grandchildren. Their family will also benefit from some of the winnings. She said she's been entering Truro Daily News contests for more than 30 years and has been the lucky recipient of many prizes throughout the years, including a $20 gift certificate for McDonalds - "it was my first win about 30 years ago" - to barbecues and gift certificates ranging in prize values of $100 to $1,000.
"I don't know why I'm so lucky but I never miss a contest and it's fun to see if you will win," she said. McDowall added she appreciates the opportunity that community contests provide.
"For a newspaper in a small community, this is a great thing to have."
Judy Wellington, advertising sales manager with the Truro Daily News, said the contest was a huge success. She estimated there were 2,000 entries during the event, which ran from mid-September to the end of November and had weekly winners, mostly of $100 prizes, in addition to the makeover prize.
"It's so exciting to have a winner be so thrilled," such as McDowall is, said Wellington. "It speaks to my heart that someone has that much joy."
Wellington said the contest was held for two main reasons: as an advertising campaign, as well as "we wanted to do something unique to give a different way to win prizes."
She said nine out of 10 weekly winners were already subscribers to this paper.
The following are the weekly winners of the Truro Daily News home makeover contest.