Ocala man wins $3,000 Purina grand prize
Published March 25th, 2016
OCALA, Fla.--An Ocala man is $3,000 richer after winning the Purina sweepstakes grand prize.
Wayne Mikell, a 20 year veteran of the Air Force Reserves and owner of three dogs amd three cats, was looking to clip some coupons on mymilitarysavings.com when he came across a contest.
"I just decided to enter that while I was on there and, you know, expecting to never hear anything from it," says Mikell. But to Mikell's surprise, he received a call from Purina about three months later. "They congratulated me and said I was one of their grand prize winners, which meant that I was going to get a trip to New York to go to the Westminster Dog Show," explains Mikell.
Unfortunately Mikell and his wife could not make the VIP trip, so Purina offered a cash option of $3,000. "So I took the $3,000 there and used that to buy a fence around my house and my pool to sort of keep the dogs in," says Mikell.
His three dogs Twilight, Coco, and Zulu now have a more secure fence in their backyard, which Mikell hopes will hold despite their digging attempts.
Three winners of the Purina Pro Plan Military 9 of 9 Best in Show Sweepstakes were randomly selected. One for the Navy Exchange, Army and Air Force Exchange, and Defense Commissary Agency, which Mikell won.
Nestle-Purina military account manager Debbie Kesler said in a statement, "The loyalty between our servicemen and servicewomen and their pets is an unbreakable bond. It is an honor to be able to recognize an individual like Wayne and his years of service for our country."
Mikell was an OR nurse for the Air Force, but now works as a nurse at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville.
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