Mum's the word for winner
The downside of winning two tickets to the Olympic Games in London is deciding who to take.
Luckily for a Blenheim mother, her winning daughter has two sisters and couldn't pick between the two.
Louise Hopkins said she was over the moon when her 22-year-old daughter Annabel Ingram, who bagged the tickets through a radio competition, picked her.
"I couldn't believe it," Ms Hopkins said.
"It's a dream come true. You wonder if these competitions are real but people actually do win."
Ms Ingram said her mother had been planning a trip to England to visit family for years.
The pair leave for London tomorrow for two weeks.
Ms Ingram won the tickets about a month ago through a ZM Radio competition in which she had to register her details and hope to have her name called out on air.
The station read out five names at 6am, 7am and 8am from Monday to Thursday, she said.
The first person to ring in was entered into the prize draw or "boarding call" on the Friday.
"They said my seat number [on the plane] was 21F and if it was called out on Friday then I've won."
Listening intently, Ms Ingram could not believe when she heard "can seat 21F please board the plane?" She had to ring the radio station but cannot remember what happened after that.
"I was so excited."
Ms Ingram said even her twin sister and older sister were happy for her, if not slightly jealous, despite being overlooked as travel partners. The tickets, sponsored by JR Duty Free, are for two night sessions at the athletics, an equestrian event, women's hockey, netball, football and beach volleyball.
Going by the time and date for the athletics session, Ms Ingram believed they had tickets for the men's 100m final. "I can't wait for the athletics," she said. "The atmosphere in the stadium alone will be awesome."
Ms Hopkins was looking forward more to the equestrian showjumping.
The prize, including flights and accommodation, also includes a $1000 duty-free voucher.
Ms Ingram planned to buy a new camera on the way there.
"I take loads of photographs and I've wanted a new camera for a while."
Ms Hopkins said she would like a new pair of sunglasses, if there was any money left over.
- The Marlborough Express