Winner bags car with one entry
The winner of a new car in a South China Morning Post prize draw has just one problem - he doesn't drive.
Kowloon database programmer Eddie Lau Ka-chung, 37, entered our Summer Prize Celebration hoping to win a TUMI luggage collection.
But instead he won a new black VW Beetle Cabriolet convertible.
'I seldom enter any lucky draws,' Lau said yesterday as he stood beside his new car at a Volkswagen showroom on Wan Chai Road.
'Because one of the prizes is the TUMI bags collection - and I'm a fan of the TUMI brand - I entered the draw hoping to get the bags.' Lau wasn't sure the call to tell him he had won was genuine. 'I wondered if it was true or not. I actually don't believe it. I'm very surprised.'
Now he plans to give the car to his friend and his wife. 'They are actually seeking a new car. They are having a baby next year,' said Lau.
Nine other entrants also won prizes. And the one who did manage to pick up the 10-piece luggage set was secretary Olivia Wong Wing-nam, 35. She said of her reaction: 'I couldn't believe it. Is it true?'
Architect Peter Cookson Smith, 64, said his prize - a wine package and wine cellar - was ideal. He said: 'I enjoy wine. As I don't drive in Hong Kong, and as I'm on a diet, wine is about the best thing to have won.'
Lawyer Sharon Ser won a helicopter ride and a night at The Peninsula hotel. She said: 'I have [been on a helicopter], but only to Macau, so it's going to be exciting to see the whole of Hong Kong spread out.'
Another winner, Angela Lok, 38, will spend a night at the Shangri-La hotel with her husband and their child. She said: 'It is a big surprise to me. It is big news to me.'
Harold Insley, 64, won a set of TaylorMade golf clubs and a party for 100.
He revealed: 'I'm very pleased. I've filled in competitions before but have never been successful, so it was quite exciting.'
Catherine Wai Ming Robinson Chai, 47, and Linda Eggers Sooi-lin were both on holiday when they heard they had won.
Robinson won a champagne junk cruise party for 30 - which she intends to plan around her birthday later this year - and Eggers won a holiday for four in Phuket. Chung Pui-fun, 32, won a wine-tasting session and four-course dinner for 12, and plans to take out her family.
Meanwhile, Johnny Chee Kin-chiu's daughter Audrey claimed his prize - a Singapore vacation for two.
To enter, readers needed to collect and send in 'Summer Images of the Day' from three consecutive copies of the South China Morning Post. Contestants could enter as many times as they liked - but Beetle winner Lau sent in just one entry.
Elsie Cheung, SCMP Group chief operating officer who presented the prizes to the winners, said 'This is the first time we've done such a big promotion and it took off in a big way.
'We were delighted with the participation rate and what makes it even more rewarding is hearing and seeing the winners' reactions.
'This has been a lot of fun and we hope to do it again in the future.'