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Attended the grand opening of a food court here in my city last evening. It has been a long time since I attended an event with that many people. The crowd made me nervous because COVID-19 is still in our midst. I suffer from anxiety that I even dream about such incidences that might expose me to the virus. The strain keeps mutating and it doesn't help that my neighbors on both sides have caught it too in recent days. They informed us that they are all well now but who knows if there will be stray virus particles flying around in the atmosphere?
So anyway, there I was at the grand opening event, trying to not touch people and things unnecessarily, and stayed at a corner. But my friend spotted me, even though I was wearing a mask, he called me and put out his hand for a handshake. I couldn't ignore it or it would be very rude of me, so I shook it. Heh
As part of the event, there was a lucky draw. Customers had to spend MYR10 at the drinks counter to be counted as one entry in the draw, which had the grand prize of a car worth approximately MYR40,000. The chances of winning one of the prizes were high because first, this was an on-site in-store contest, and entrants had to be present to claim the prizes on the spot. This being a modest city, even if the entire population had entered, it would still be a higher chance than joining an online contest, which would be accessible to way more people.
In the end, it was this couple who won the car. Imagine how many tickets they held... look at this photo of the woman holding the plastic bag of entries! And isn't it strange that their tickets didn't get picked for the lesser prizes, but only the grand prize?
I didn't get to chat with this winning couple but apparently, they invested a few thousand Ringgit in the lucky draw, and they bagged the top prize. That was indeed a handsome return. Well, some people have all the luck, but what's luck if they didn't put out this amount of money to participate? With that much money, I wonder how they could even drink all the beverages bought, just to participate. LOL That's just crazy!!
Oh, the problem, to me, is that the winner is a tenant at the food court. I thought they would be considered insiders and not allowed to participate... taking the experience from customers. Oh well, who are we to say anything? We were there just as witnesses.
I remember there was another event that I covered, the anniversary celebration of a shopping mall. There was also a lucky draw and similarly, had a car as the grand prize. The winner also put in hundreds of entries, but that's only because he was a grocery store owner, buying products in bulk from the supermarket and reselling them at his own store. At least he didn't have to eat all of them within a certain period of time before they expired. Hahaha!!