Holly Barnes says she very rarely answers numbers that she doesn’t know.
But it’s just as well she answered a call from the Nelson Weekly last week as it was to let her know that she had won $5000 cash.
“I had no idea. I thought it was prank call.”
In fact, the Shop and Win entry form that she filled out last month had been drawn by a Nelson Police officer.
Holly’s was one of thousands of entries put in by dozens of shops all around the CBD.
Shop and Win is a Nelson city retail promotion that sees forty retailers take part, giving one lucky shopper the chance to win $5000 cash.
This year more than 50,000 entries were completed over the six week competition with Holly the ultimate winner. She says she filled in around six forms during the competition at various retailers around town. “It was funny because every one I filled in was because the retailer told me to fill it in. I wouldn’t have done it otherwise.”
The winning entry was filled in at Hartley’s in Morrison Square. Holly had gone to get her eyes checked and needed new glasses.
“I’m so fussy with them and I couldn’t decide what I wanted.”
She was recommended to go to Hartley’s and bought a pair there.
“So it was a pretty good decision.”
Holly and her partner are saving for a house which is what the money will go to.
“It’s a bit adulty. It happens to us all. But this will definitely help though. I’m hoping not all of it has to go toward that though because you have to have some fun.”
Uniquely Nelson’s Simon Duffy, which also sponsored the event alongside Nelson Weekly, says Shop and Win is a great initiative to create some buzz around shopping in the CBD, especially during the winter months.
“It’s one of the core promotions we have now and it’s really exciting to see someone win this amount of money.”
Nelson Weekly managing director Andrew Board says the promotion was a run-away success.
“What other competition would see more than 50,000 entries over six weeks? It’s quite incredible but $5000 is also quite an incredible prize. So, we’re delighted with how it went and delighted that Holly is the winner – she was very excited.”