To some they might seem like a confusing pastime, but for Reginald Frampton of Port aux Basques, time spent on his weekly newspaper puzzles paid off in a big way.
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From left, Raiann Walters, contest sponsor with Downtown Fashions; Michelle Mercer, The Gulf News; Reginald Frampton; Richard Walters, contest sponsor with Downtown Fashions/East End Convenience; Missing from photo, Junior Strowbridge, contest sponsor with Woodward Motors.
Mr. Frampton was the second place winner in TC Media’s $50,000 Sudoku contest, which ran in the Gulf News and TC Media’s 15 other weekly and daily papers in the months of May and June.
On Thursday he stopped by The Gulf News office to accept a $10,000 cheque.
Mr. Frampton said he always does the sudoku puzzle every week. Earlier this year his wife told him the paper had a sudoku contest
“I figured if I’m going to do them, I might as well send them in,” he said.
To enter his name in the contest, Mr. Frampton completed the weekly sudoku number puzzle and sent in his entry form. He then survived several rounds of elimination. There were 48 provincial finalists in the running for the final rounds.
When there were only six names in the hat, Mr. Frampton’s luck continued. Although he didn’t nab the top prize of $20,000, he was more than happy with his five-figure cheque.
The retired postal worker and avid fisherman was putting some siding on his cabin in MacDougall’s on June 30 when he got the call from ad sales manager Michelle Mercer, telling him he had won second place in the provincial contest.
He said he has two grandchildren and he plans to put some of the money towards their education funds.
He also plans on treating himself and his wife with a portion of the cheque.
Mr. Frampton wasn’t the only southwest coast resident to cash in on the contest. Peggy Coleman of Isle aux Morts won $500 in an earlier round of draws.
The Grand Prize $20,000 winner was Pat Whelan of Pasedena. A cheque for $7,000 was presented to Linda Miller of Corner Brook.