John and Jean Andrews of Casino with their new Pathfinder, that they won in a competition run in conjunction with the television show What’s Up Downunder.
John and Jean Andrews of Casino with their new Pathfinder, that they won in a competition run in conjunction with the television show What’s Up Downunder. Janelle McLennan

Couple hitting the road in style

JOHN Andrews was having lunch when he received the phone call telling him he had won a car and caravan package valued at $128,000.

His immediate reaction was disbelief, followed by an expletive.

By then his corned beef sandwiches were bouncing off the table onto the floor of his Casino home as he and wife Jean jumped up from their chairs unable to contain themselves.

"It really blew us away for the first couple of days," Mr Andrews said.

"We've really only just come down to earth," Mrs Andrews chipped in.

The Casino retirees' prize package, which includes a new top-of-the-range Nissan Pathfinder 550TI worth nearly $85,000, a $35,000 Golf Camper, MHIA insurance to the value of $5000 and BIG4 Holiday Parks vouchers and membership worth over $1000, through the What's Up Downunder television show.

Mrs Andrews said the desire for a new car had prompted her to enter the competition.

"We were talking about getting a new car and John had said he liked the Pathfinders," she said.

"But when we looked at them we found we couldn't afford even the most basic model, so we scrapped the idea.

"Then I saw the competition on the TV and realised the car was what John wanted, so I thought I'd give it a go."

Mrs Andrews saved the What's Up Downunder website as her home page on their computer and submitted online entries in her own and John's names every day from the beginning of September to October 30, when the competition closed.

The couple, who have taken regular caravanning holidays since their retirement, took delivery of the car and camper last week surrounded by about 30 family and friends and with a television crew filming their reactions.



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