[Hpn] A very happy meal Former homeless man gets $1 million in McDonald's giveaway
Mon, 3 Sep 2001 23:15:39 -0400
A very happy meal: Former homeless man gets $1 million in
Monday, September 3, 2001
(09-03) 04:36 PDT HOLLY HILL, Fla. (AP) --
A former homeless day laborer had a happy meal at a McDonald's
over the weekend.
McDonald's corporate managers awarded Patrick Collier with a $1
million prize they said was randomly given out as part of the restaurant
chain's effort to restore consumer confidence in its sweepstakes
Managers approached Collier, 35, and his fiancee, 29-year-old
Sandi Fabian, as they sat down just after 10 a.m. on Saturday to have
"I thought I had done something wrong, but I was confused when
they handed me this certificate telling me I had won a million dollars,"
Collier and Fabian had been frequenting the restaurant for
six weeks and lived across the street in a hotel room they shared with
Collier's mother. Just months ago, they were homeless, sleeping on
boxes and earning $50 a day as laborers when they could find work.
McDonald's said the restaurant in Holly Hill, about five miles
north of Daytona Beach, was one of five selected at random to distribute
five $1 million grand prizes. Fifty people will also be given $100,000
awards during the giveaway.
McDonald's announced the promotion in the wake of an FBI
investigation last month, which found that an employee of a marketing
company contracted to run McDonald's Monopoly game allegedly stole more
$13 million in winnings.
Nancy Izquierdo, a McDonald's spokeswoman, said team members
choose someone to receive the prize without any criteria.
"It's just a matter of being in the right place at the right
time," she said Sunday.
Collier said he already has super-sized plans for the money.
"I'm getting a Harley," Collier said, "and a couple of houses."
"And one for me. He always said he'd buy me a house," added his
mother, Judy LaBounty.