$25,000 a Year for Life Grand Prize Winner Candy Lawson of Shelby, North Carolina has been a Schlotzsky’s fan for a long time, but now she has thousands of reasons to love the brand and its wide variety of fresh, high quality sandwiches, salads, soups, pizzas and more. When she bought dinner at the Gastonia location, she also got the Online Winning Combination game piece that hit the $25,000 a year for life jackpot.
“This is the type of thing you think could never happen to you, but it does!” Lawson exclaims. “I didn’t even play the game until the day after I got the piece. When I entered my code and the screen said I won, I didn’t believe it at first. I kept thinking, ‘This can’t be real!’ It hit me hard when the first check came, and I was so in awe of it, it literally took my breath away! Someone else had to open it for me and tell me it was real.”
Lawson, who has worked as a Sprint-Nextel sales representative for two years, is thrilled about the opportunities her newfound earnings will afford her and her loved ones. “The grand prize has truly been life changing,” she says. “Now I can move with my boyfriend and our son to Oregon to build a house and be with my family, and I might go back to college. It’s really nice to have the freedom to do some things we couldn’t do before.”
To congratulate Lawson, Schlotzsky’s will hold a “big check” presentation Thursday, November 29 from 1:30 to 2 pm EST at 3735 East Franklin Blvd. in Gastonia.
Lawson isn’t the only one who didn’t have to go to Vegas to hit the jackpot, nor is she the only one who was initially incredulous about winning. Chesapeake, Virginia, resident Rick Conaway won the $10,000 sweepstakes thanks to the game piece he received from one of the Virginia Beach locations.
“I forgot about the random sweepstakes drawing or that I even played because my game piece didn’t unlock the code for the grand prize,” Conaway recalls. “When I got an e-mail saying I won the $10,000 sweepstakes, I didn’t believe it at first, but sure enough, I did! I got $10 from a lottery ticket one time and was happy with that, so this experience has been really exciting.”
A retired Naval and junior ROTC instructor, Conaway is eager to put his winnings to good use. “My wife and I recently bought a new house and are finishing up some projects, so we might put some of the money towards bills and landscaping. I might donate some of it to our church, too; I just don’t want to waste it.”