Waldoboro woman wins 'Ellen' giveaway
Waldoboro — Receiving a call that says "This is 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' and you have won all the prizes from today" would probably make anyone think they were being "Punk'd."
But for Heather Wilson of Waldoboro she believed once the confirmation email came through the evening of Dec. 5.
Wilson said she saw something posted on Facebook that "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" was doing its annual Ellen 12 Days of Giveaways, and decided to enter the contest that morning.
When she received the call of her winnings — $1,500 in Target gift cards and $200 in American Express gift cards — her mom Debbie Anderson cautioned it was probably a scam, but wanted to be happy for her daughter.
Anderson watches "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" religiously, according to Wilson. "She gets teary-eyed seeing people win things," said Wilson.
"We did the happy dance," said Wilson of discovering it really happened.
Wilson said her boyfriend, Caleb Sanders, said she was deserving of the winnings and was in disbelief because "stuff like this just doesn't happen." She said Sanders' mom always says, "you can't win if you don't enter."
Wilson said she is glad it will take five to eight weeks to receive the prizes, that way she will not be tempted to spend it all at once in her excitement.
"It couldn't have come at a better time," said Wilson adding "We have a lot of repairs to do on the house we inherited."
Wilson said she enters contests all the time, but has never won.
"I am grateful and blessed," said Wilson. "Christmas miracles do happen," she said.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at email@example.com.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.