Christmas arrived early for an Alta resident who was selected as the grand prize winner of Mediacom's "Life in the Fast Lane" Sweepstakes. Norm and Dee Newbury were awarded the $35,000 grand prize, choose to take a cash payment in lieu of a sporty Ford Mustang convertible. Senior managers from Mediacom Communications visited the Newburys on Tuesday to present win with a $35,000 check.
Mediacom's "Life in the Fast Lane" Sweepstakes was promoted in 23 states where Mediacom provides cable and broadband services. Consumers who signed-up to create a Mediacom bundle by adding phone service were automatically entered into the sweepstakes, along with thousands of other entries from people who did not purchase Mediacom services (no purchase was necessary to enter or to win and purchases did not increase chances of winning).
An independent firm administered the sweepstakes in accordance to all state and U.S. laws pertaining to contests and prizes, according to Phyllis Peters, communications manager for Mediacom.
"We were absolutely delighted to be informed that of all the contest participants, Mr. Newbury's name was drawn as our Grand Prize winner. He is a Mediacom customer who lives in the kind of community that typifies our company's founding mission, which is to deliver high-speed Internet service and advanced video and phone services to small, rural communities so that people in towns like Alta and Storm Lake have access to the same kind of services as people get in larger cities," Peters said.
As Mediacom promoted its "Life in the Fast Lane" Sweepstakes, the company highlighted the fact that Mediacom Online provides residential consumers with the fastest Internet download speeds (10 Mbps and 15 Mbps) and offers a land-based digital phone service with unlimited local and long-distance calling. Although his entry was randomly selected, Mr. Newbury had signed up to bundle three Mediacom services, video, Internet and phone.
Newbury said he did not spend much time deliberating his choice in the sweepstakes' grand prize. His driving preferences and Iowa's winter weather were factors that swayed his choice in favor of the cash prize rather than the Ford Mustang convertible.
In addition to the Grand Prize, 75 contestants from a dozen states were selected to receive "runner-up" prizes that included high-definition televisions Garman navigational devices, X-Box 360 or Sirius Radio systems. The high-tech prizes were paid for and provided by the Sprint Corporation - a business partner in the delivery of Mediacom's phone service.