Derry man wins amazing round the world prize


Winning couple prepare to ‘Chase the Sun’ from Sydney to LA

‘Chase the Sun’ from Sydney to LA

A Derry couple are preparing for an amazing round the world trip which will see them travel from Dublin to Sydney to Dubai to Cape Town to Rio before finishing up in Los Angeles.

Paul Johnson from Culmore in Derry is the first person from Northern Ireland  to win a prize in the Topaz Play or Park loyalty game and is hugely excited about his  ‘Chase the Sun around the world’ prize.

Paul, who is originally from Devon but has been living in Derry for 16 years says he and his wife Marie have never really travelled together for a significant period and are really looking forward to the trip. The couple have three children in their late teens/early twenties.

The trip includes four nights’ accommodation in top hotels in Sydney, Dubai, Capetown, Rio and Los Angeles, all flights and transfers as well as €4000 spending money. It is valued at €20K

Paul, who’s a computer scientist, says the call came out of the blue. “I’ve never won anything before. It’s a fantastic prize and we are so excited at the prospect of heading off on what will be a real adventure. Overall we reckon we’ll be away for 23 days so now we’ve got to plan when is the best time to go”

Paul said he has been a fan of Play or Park from the very start. “It’s a great game. The prizes are startlingly good but because of the Topaz Treats which all players receive I’ve never felt disappointed. In fact I’ve always felt like I was winning. It’s funny, the last time I ordered my home heating oil from Topaz Home Heat here in Derry I reminded the lady not to forget to add my loyalty points on to my account. She said she would of course and that it would be great to have a winner from Derry. And now we have!” Paul joked.

Laura Murphy, Loyalty Manager at Topaz said everyone at Topaz Local Fuels in Derry and indeed at Topaz was thrilled for Paul and Marie.

“Play or Park is our interactive loyalty game and it’s all about rewarding loyal customers like Paul. It really is a trip of a lifetime and we’re sure they’ll have a fantastic time chasing the sun around the world! We’re also delighted to have our first winner from Northern Ireland and hope we will see many more in the coming months. The monthly prizes are fantastic and that’s why over 300,000 people have signed up to play.

The monthly prizes are amazing and include everything from round the world trips to holidays in Bali or the Bahamas, to shopping trips to New York as well as brand new Toyotas. That’s why almost 300,000 customers have signed up to play” Laura concluded.

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