Surprising news for Pringles competition winner after she was deemed ineligible to win

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A Pringles lover couldn't believe she'd won a $10,000 cash prize after months of entering, but when she went to claim her jackpot, she was told she couldn't have it.

Melbourne based scientific researcher, Jane, 37, entered the company's What's the Flavour? competition almost daily for two months.

She and her friend guessed the mystery flavour correctly every time, which was 'carbonara'.

The pair had a pact to split the prize.

"We're in lockdown in Melbourne, it wasn't that fun. So, this is a little thing to do every day. A bit of hope to keep us going," Jane told A Current Affair.  

On August 13, Jane received an email from Pringles notifying her she had won the cash prize.

"I was ecstatic. I was over the moon. I couldn't believe it and I called my friend and I said, we won! You're going to get $5000. It's amazing," Jane said.

She was then asked to provide ID to prove she was over 18 and eligible for the competition, but then she found out she had actually entered and won the New Zealand competition and therefore wasn't eligible because she isn't a resident.  

"It was so devastating… It was a very big high and then a big low," Jane said.

"I don't know how many times I entered the Australian competition, how many times I entered the New Zealand competition, probably a mix of the two. Obviously, both come up in Google when you search for the competition."

"The sites look exactly the same. They're just carbon copies of each other and there's no box or anything to say 'are you Australian?' or 'Are you from New Zealand?' Jane said.

Pringles initially apologised to Jane and offered her a consolation prize – a case of her favourite Pringles.

After A Current Affair got involved Pringles changed their tact, offering Jane the $10,000 prize.

"I couldn't believe it. I got the phone call and I was just amazed that it happened, and I am so grateful for this outcome," Jane said..

"I am a winner after all this. It's amazing. It's so great!"

In a statement to A Current Affair a spokesperson from Kellogg's, the parent company of Pringles, said; "We're liaising directly with the consumer, Jane, and therefore won't be providing any further comment".

Period30 Aug 2020

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