Countdown butchery manager Matt Kelly, prize winner Jacqui Malcolm and Ingham’s Chicken territory manager Jill Pritchard. PHOTO/ELI HILL

Holiday fund gets a $10,000 boost

ELI HILL
eli.hill@age.co.nz

One Carterton woman has found her own ‘golden goose’ after the chicken she bought landed her $10,000 cash.

Jacqui Malcolm, a teacher at Masterton Intermediate School is a self-described “competition nut”.

Malcolm bought three butterfly chickens from Countdown Masterton earlier in the year.

She’d been entering the Ingham’s Butterfly Chicken competition since it started a few years ago.

She cooked the chicken, entered her code online, stored the piece of package with the code on it above her microwave as evidence, and promptly forgot about it.

“And then I got the phone call,” Malcolm said. “I get teased for being a bit of an entry fiend, but I’ve never won anything like this.”

Malcolm won the competition’s grand prize of $10,000 and was presented with her cheque at Masterton Countdown on Thursday.

The teacher said she’d use the money to take her family for a holiday, their first in six years, although the destination is still being debated.

“The oldest, who’s 12 years old, wants to go to Mexico and push Donald Trump’s wall down.

“My nine-year-old wants to go to Lego Land.

“We’ve also discussed doing a family trip around the South Island, because that’s where I’m from.”

Malcolm said her habit of entering competitions had paid off.

“I’m just so grateful – it’s really, really cool. Obviously, I’ve got a huge student loan so it’s quite nice to actually go on holiday with my family.

“We’re going to make some memories – not do the responsible thing and pay the mortgage or the student loan.

“It’s making memories with the kids.”