HE HAD just returned from a flight last Sunday and wanted to catch up on the sports news.
So Mr Saifullah Khalid, 29, a Singapore Airlines steward, picked up a copy of The New Paper yesterday and on Monday .
To his surprise, the avid football fan became the latest winner of a $1,000 cash prize for playing TNP’s Bingo game.
“It happened out of the blue. This is my first time trying out the Bingo game because I was away from Singapore last week,” he said.
Mr Khalid was browsing The New Paper while on the MRT train at about 7.30pm when he realised that he had completed a vertical column of five numbers on his Bingo card, entitling him to the cash prize.
He grabbed a quick bite before rushing to collect his prize at the SPH Media Centre before 9pm – the cut-off time for prizes for the day to be claimed.
He waited nervously for the clock to strike 9 – if another winner showed up, he would have had to share the prize.
“I feel relieved and happy that I have won the $1,000,” he said.
Mr Khalid intends to save most of the money after treating a few close friends to a simple meal.
He said: “It’s really my lucky day. I feel like this win came as a blessing.”
In conjunction with TNP’s 24th birthday on Thursday, the Bingo cash prize will be doubled, with players standing a chance to win up to $4,000.
There will also be two extra numbers in Thursday’s newspaper to improve your chances of winning.
The contest is TNP’s way of thanking and rewarding its loyal readers. To play, readers need to get a Bingo card, which is attached to the front page of TNP on Monday.
Each card has a unique sequence of numbers and is valid for that week only.
From Tuesday to Sunday each week, 10 random numbers from one to 99 will appear in the paper, totalling 60 numbers.
If any of the numbers from the same week appear on your card, mark it down.
A vertical column (from top to bottom) of five matching numbers entitles you to the prize shown on top of that column.
Prizes must be claimed by 9pm on the same day from 82 Genting Lane, Level 2, Media Centre (Circulation Department).
Readers can buy as many copies of the paper and get as many cards as they wish. If a cash prize is not claimed for the day, it will snowball to the next.