UWP student wins $10,000 grand prize

September 13, 2002

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PLATTEVILLE-You may want to think twice before throwing away that candy wrapper that offers the chance to enter and win fabulous prizes. University of Wisconsin-Platteville student Kevin Schenning, didn't throw away a game piece from the University Bookstore and now the junior industrial technology management major is $10,000 richer!

"A while ago, I purchased some books from the University Bookstore and attached to my receipt was a game piece with a code for an online contest," Schenning said. "Well, I entered the contest online and was not an instant winner, so I didn't think about it again until several weeks ago when my mom called me at work."

A letter was sent to Schenning by Federal Express notifying him that he was a potential winner of the $10,000 grand prize sponsored by the Follett Higher Education Group, UWP's contracted bookstore company.

"I wasn't sure if the contest was real, but I filled out and returned the necessary forms anyway," Schenning said. "About a week later, in mid-August, I received another letter announcing that I was the grand prize winner! I could hardly believe it … I'd never won anything in my life!"

Chosen from 46,000 entries nation-wide, Schenning was presented with a $10,000 check at the UWP University Bookstore Thursday, Sept. 12. Schenning said he has deposited the money into a banking account and has no immediate plans for spending it.

"A good portion of it will go to the University to pay for my tuition, and then whatever is left over, I'll invest into some type of money marketing account," Schenning said. "There's just really nothing I need right now, but who knows. That may change."

Schenning is the son of Tom and Shirley Schenning of Randall Township. He is a 2000 graduate of Wilmot High School and plays trombone with the Marching Pioneers. Each spring Schenning plays on the intramural soccer team at UWP and in his free time he enjoys staying current on school politics, attending Residence Hall Council and Executive Board meetings.

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