Toronto trip nabs new car for M.L. woman

Melissa Albright of Meadow Lake wraps her arms around the 2015 Honda Civic Coupe Ex she won after being randomly selected to take part in a contest at a Toronto Blue Jays game. Photo courtesy Toronto Blue Jays

Melissa Albright of Meadow Lake wraps her arms around the 2015 Honda Civic Coupe Ex she won after being randomly selected to take part in a contest at a Toronto Blue Jays game.
Photo courtesy Toronto Blue Jays

by Phil Ambroziak

When she boarded the plane last week for Toronto, the only win Meadow Lake resident Melissa Albright expected to witness would belong to either the Toronto Blue Jays or the visiting Boston Red Sox.

While the Jays would go on to secure a 6-1 victory, Albright also came out on top when she was announced as the winner of a new car for doing nothing more than simply attending the game.

“Friday night (Sept. 18) was my very first time going to a Jays game and my seat was randomly selected to be part of this contest,” Albright explained. “This guy approached me to say I was among the top 10 who could win a 2015 Honda Civic Coupe Ex.”

Sponsored by Honda Canada Inc., the 2015 Win a Civic Giveaway contest selected its top 10 finalists, as Albright stated, at random. From there, a Blue Jays representative approached these individuals to gather Twitter and/or Instagram account information. These social media handles were then displayed on the main video board at Rogers Centre.

“As the game went on, they would narrow the names down – first to the top seven and then the top three, and my Twitter name was still up there each time,” Albright continued.

The top three finalists were then whisked away to a special section overlooking the ball diamond where they participated in the final round of the contest. Their social media handles were again graphically displayed on the stadium’s main video board and subsequently shuffled before landing on one of three prizes. As it turned out, Albright had the best luck of the three.

“I was pretty shocked at first – actually, I’m still sort of in disbelief,” Albright said when contacted early this week. “I started laughing and just remember saying, ‘Oh my goodness, I can’t believe I just won a car.’”

According to Sue Mallabon, a spokesperson with the Toronto Blue Jays, each car giveaway and in-stadium giveaway has a different mechanic based on the in-stadium theme that game.

“This one was an elimination of 10 followers that were randomly selected at the ballpark that night,” Mallabon confirmed. “Each of the 10 finalist were qualified. We then randomly selected three of them to compete. The followers handles were shuffled and one random follower won the car. The other two won lawnmowers.”

Although she doesn’t have the vehicle just yet, contest officials are working with a Honda dealership in Saskatoon to ensure Albright receives her prize sooner rather than later.

“It’s all been so exciting,” Albright added.

Although a huge baseball fan, Albright wasn’t planning to attend last week’s game until a friend purchased tickets and asked if she would be interested in coming along.

“I really love baseball – I would never have travelled so far for a game if I didn’t,” she said.

And, even though she has no plans to attend future Major League games in the near future, Albright did say there’s a possibility she could do a lot more travelling once she officially has her new set of wheels. However, she doesn’t know if she’ll ever be as lucky as she was that night.

“I feel my luck may have worn itself out,” she said. “I’ll probably never win anything again in my entire life.”

During her trip to Toronto, Albright also visited the CN Tower and took in another Jays game on Saturday (Sept. 19).

“The whole experience was just unbelievable,” she said.

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