Nicole Liebermann/Fernie Free Press
16-year-old Leah Teeple got more than just a cup of coffee when she stopped at Tim Hortons in Fernie during her lunch break from school last Thursday. The grade 11 student ordered her usual double double and walked back to Fernie Secondary School, where she rolled up the rim of her coffee cup to discover she had won a car.
“The whole school knew before I really realized what I had won,” commented Leah. “I was excited but it hadn’t really sunk in yet, I was just in shock.”
Through Tim Hortons’ Rrroll Up the Rim to Win contest, Leah is now the proud owner of a brand new Toyota Rav 4, valued at around $32,000.
Leah will get the chance to get behind the wheel of her prize when it arrives in four to six weeks, but she will have to wait a little longer until she can take it out for a spin on her own. She explained, “I get my ‘N’ in June so then I can drive it all by myself.”
The contest began on February 18 and will see Tim Hortons customers across North America rolling up the rims of more than 260-million contest cups. Among the prizes are 100 prepaid MasterCards in the amount of $5,000, 1,000 Napoleon Gourmet Grills, as well as thousands of Tim Hortons gift cards and food prizes.
Just 40 Rav 4’s will be given away, and Fernie Tim Hortons owner Kristine Hovind-Pelletier was happy to see one of them go to a local.
“It’s incredible that of all the cups distributed, Fernie got the winner,” she said. “Someone won a boat after getting a coffee from us a few years ago, but he was from Calgary. It’s way more fun for us to see someone actually from Fernie win.”
The contest will continue until the end of April.