Lonestar Cell MTN has nullified the grand prize of its just ended Way Say Wasa promotion raffle draw won by one of its many subscribers, Uyto Bowier.
At the climax of the promotion on Saturday, 13 September, Uyto was called during the live draw that his number has won the grand prize – a brand new Aveo Chevrolet valued at US$15,000.
A team of Lonestar Cell MTN was immediately dispatched to pickup Uyto at his Barnerville residence to come and receive the car from the headquarters of the company in Congo Town.
But in an interview with him, the company realized that Uyto is a brother of Adolphus Bowier, a full employee of Lonestar Cell MTN, which automatically disqualified the former for the grand prize.
The company was left with no alternative but to immediately nullify the draw held on 13 September.
Under Lonestar Cell MTN policy forbids employees and their immediate family members from participating or winning grand prizes like the cases of Uyto. The Company immediately revealed the policy and told the winner that he could not get the car because his brother Adolphus, is an employee at Lonestar Cell.
Uyto upon reading the policy, agreed with the company, but urged friends and loved ones who may have heard about him (Uyto) winning a car not to be discouraged as the vehicle was not intended for him. Meanwhile, the draw was redone over the weekend with a nurse from the government-run Marshall Health Center emerging as the winner of the grand prize, an Aveo Chevrolet.
Mrs. Melvina Oliver was taken by surprise when her number appeared on the projector screen, thus automatically making her the winner of the car. Mrs. Oliver, who lives on the Duport Road in Paynesville, expressed disbelief about the success.
According to her, she doubted news that she had won because she had heard on the radio last week that another person won the car and that the promotion was already over. “I didn’t believe it because I know the draw was held last week and someone won the car; to hear this week that I won, it played on me,” she noted.
Mrs. Oliver, who could not withhold her smiles, told journalists that when she participated in the promotion, many of her family members and friends told her she was wasting her money by playing, but she noted that, “I did not stop; I just kept playing on and on answering the questions that were being asked by the company.”