How this teenager won 10 million

Published May 25, 2021, 10:27 PM

by MB Lifestyle

This 19-year-old criminology student earned his lifechanging reward from hours spent on online classes using his pre-paid card

SMART GIGAMANIA MILLIONAIRE A 19-year-old criminology student from Ilocos Norte wins the P10 million grand prize in the recently concluded Smart GigaMania

Pag may tiyaga, may nilaga (hard work has its rewards). For this 19-year-old criminology student from Vintar, Ilocos Norte (name withheld), P10 million is the reward for hours spent on online classes. Little did he know, focused as he was on his online studies, that his loyalty, as expressed by his regular top-ups of Giga promos for his college studies, would win him the grand prize in the just-concluded Smart promotions GigaMania.

“Di po ako makapaniwala na nanalo ako until napanuod ko sa Smart FB Live ‘yung announcement ng winners (I couldn’t believe I won the grand prize until I saw the announcement on Smart FB Live),” beams this winner, for whom P10 million is a lifechangng reward not only for himself but also for his family.

A stranger to winning a prize as big as P10 million, he isn’t unsure about what to do with the money. Readily, he says, he plans to put up a business selling motor parts and accessories and set aside the rest in a savings account.

Upon hearing his name, as if in search of a witness to confirm what struck him as unbelievable, the teenager ran to his aunt who, as it turned out, was as incredulous as he was of his unexpected good fortune.

“Hindi rin po siya naniwala hangga’t hindi niya nakikita yung announcement. Nung napanood namin ulit, sobrang saya naming lahat sa bahay (She refused to believe I won until she saw the announcement herself. We were all ecstatic when we got the confirmation),” says the winner, who had never been in the habit of joining contests or raffles or promos. “Hindi rin talaga ako nag-expect manalo talaga (I did not expect to win)!”

A stranger to winning a prize as big as P10 million, he isn’t unsure about what to do with the money. Readily, he says, he plans to put up a business selling motor parts and accessories and set aside the rest in a savings account. “Nagpapasalamat ako kay Lord sa opportunity na ito. Also sa Smart, dahil malaking tulong ang naibigay nila sa akin (I thank the Lord for this opportunity. I also thank Smart because this is such a big help,” he says.

This criminology student is only one of many Smart subscribers that Giga Mania has turned into instant millionaires. As a way of giving back to its 72 million subscribers, the Giga Mania promo offered P30 million worth of prizes and weekly freebies to customers from December 2020 to April 2021. The result is this one grand winner and 20 other subscribers, who won P1 million each in the weekly raffle draw. Meanwhile, all the 72 million prepaid subscribers of Smart, Smart Bro, and TNT were given chance to enjoy instant weekly freebies and treats in the form of SMS, calls, and data just by using the GigaLife App.

“We’re always grateful to the continued support of our subscribers, and GigaManila has helped us fulfill our aim to delight and inspire them, especially during these trying times,” says Jane J. Basas, SVP and head of consumer wireless business at Smart.

LIFE-CHANGING REWARD Smart GigaMania grand prize winner receives his P10 million check from Handy Lao, Vertext Handyphones owner; Rhona Eli Medina, area development head for Region 1 at Smart; and Greece Palasigue, Smart trade marketing operations junior manager at Smart

 
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