Payson Couple Wins Fantasy Football Cruise


It wasn't a big surprise to Donna Gore when she learned last March that she'd won an all-expenses paid cruise to the Bahamas.

That's because winning comes naturally to Donna and her husband, Bill.

In 1992, Donna won more than $26,000 in a Laughlin, Nev. slot tournament.

Years later, while on a Caribbean cruise, Bill who rarely plays golf pocketed tournament prize money for sinking a hole-in-one.

The most recent good fortune to befall the retired Payson couple came in the form of an All-Star Football Cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas. The couple won the cruise in a nationwide sweepstakes sponsored by S.C. Johnson & Son Inc.

Four former National Football League greats Deacon Jones, L.C. Greenwood, Ron Jaworski and Ted Hendricks will set sail with the couple June 23 to 26.

Donna, an avid Green Bay Packer fan, said when she learned about the cruise, she hoped some of the players on the trip would be Packers.

While the group of football stars doesn't include any long-time Packers, Hendricks did play for the team in 1974 under coach Bart Starr

Two round-trip airline tickets from Phoenix to Miami, Fla., where the Royal Caribbean ship embarks, were included in the prize package.

"At the Miami airport, they pick us up in a limousine and take us to the ship," Donna said.

Thirty other prize winners and their guests from around the United States will be accompanying the Gores on the cruise, said sweepstakes official Erika Krygler.

During the cruise the couple will have the opportunity to meet the ex-football stars, get their autographs and participate in drawings and raffles for NFL memorabilia.

Included in the sweepstakes package are a pair of official NFL Super Bowl Jackets and a Wilson All-Star football. Also, the prize award includes all regularly scheduled meals, gratuities, port taxes and taxes on board ship.

Sweepstakes sponsors S.C. Johnson & Son Inc., estimate the retail value of the prize to be $2,900.

Donna said she entered the sweepstakes contest that won her the cruise last winter after she spied an entry form on a grocery aisle in the local Bashas' store.

"It said 'win a dream vacation' so I filled it out and sent it in," she said.

In early March, she received a letter from the S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. that read, "your name has been drawn as a grand prize winner on the All-Star Football Cruise Sweepstakes."

Donna quickly filled out the required affidavits and returned them to sponsors to claim the prize.

Days later, cruise and airline tickets arrived by express mail, setting off a frenzy of activity in the Gore household.

"We've been really busy getting ready for this," Donna said. "We're excited."

When the couple returns, they plan to attend a post-trip celebration at the Bashas' store where they'll showcase their NFL souvenirs and share tales of their adventures with friends and store employees.

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