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$10G roll-up win for Simcoe woman

By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer

Amy Ashton of Simcoe scored a $10,000 win at Tim Hortons on the Queensway East Thursday night. Ashton collected one of 10 Canada 150 roll-up cups nation-wide that is good for a $10,000 payout. MONTE SONNENBERG / SIMCOE REFORMER

Amy Ashton of Simcoe scored a $10,000 win at Tim Hortons on the Queensway East Thursday night. Ashton collected one of 10 Canada 150 roll-up cups nation-wide that is good for a $10,000 payout. MONTE SONNENBERG / SIMCOE REFORMER

SIMCOE - 

Success is often a matter of timing.

Amy Ashton, 22, can attest to that thanks to a well-timed coffee break this week at Tim Hortons in Simcoe.

Thursday around 5:30 p.m., Ashton, a friend and Ashton’s two-year-old son pulled into the drive-through at the Tim Hortons on the Queensway East.

Ashton bought a large coffee and – while waiting for her friend’s toasted bagel – rolled up the rim on Tim Hortons’ Canada 150 promotion.

Ashton of Simcoe was shocked to see that she had won a $10,000 vacation to anywhere in Canada. Shock turned to elation when Ashton learned she had the option of taking a $10,000 payout in lieu of the vacation.

“The emotions going through me – I couldn’t believe it,” Ashton said Friday. “I hollered ‘I won $10,000!’ I started shaking and crying. My son asked me if I was going to be OK.”

Ashton was shaking and crying because she doesn’t need a vacation. What she needs is a reliable car to get her back and forth every day to her packaging job at Proctor & Gamble in Brantford.

The single mom says she has spent $1,000 in the past month keeping her 2004 Buick road-worthy. Ashton has been losing ground as a result and was desperate for a solution when the windfall dropped in her lap.

“Here I’d just come from Wal-Mart where I spent what little money I had on diapers and I go to Tim Hortons for a $1.90 coffee and I win $10,000. It’s crazy.”

Ashton composed herself at home before returning to the Queensway store to speak with the manager. She was given a form to fill out. She will send the form and the cup to Tim Hortons in New Brunswick. In six to eight weeks, she expects to collect a $10,000 cheque in the mail.

“I can stretch $10,000 really far,” she said. “This money is really going to help.”

Tim Hortons has produced 98.2 million roll-up cups for its Canada 150 promotion. A total of 50.4 million cups have been allocated to the Ontario market.

Of the 98.2 million cups printed, 10 have been marked for a $10,000 “Ultimate Canadian Vacation.”

MSonnenberg@postmedia.com