Winner denied Tim Hortons prize

Sandra Poitras and her son, Keyano Bureau, show off the GPS they won from Tim Horton’s Roll Up the...

Sandra Poitras and her son, Keyano Bureau, show off the GPS they won from Tim Horton’s Roll Up the Rim to Win contest. (Gino Donato/SUN MEDIA)

HAROLD CARMICHAEL - SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:37 PM ET

SUDBURY, Ont. — Sandra Poitras finally has the GPS navigation device she won earlier this year in Tim Hortons’ Roll Up the Rim to Win contest.

But it took several angry phone calls to get it after she got the skill-testing question wrong twice and was denied her prize.

Poitras’s husband Roger purchased the winning cup on March 17 and asked her to claim the prize.

But Poitras, who has a learning disability, gave the wrong answer to the skill-testing math question contest winners are required by law to answer.

Tim Hortons asked her to resubmit her prize claim but she again answered the question incorrectly.

The doughnut chain told her its policy is to only give customers a second chance to answer the skill-testing question but did eventually gave Poitras the prize.

“It’s over,” Poitras said. “I think it was me harassing them and letting them know I wasn’t going to back off.”

Poitras said she appreciated getting a second chance to answer the question but thinks there shouldn’t be a need to a question at all.

“I think it’s wrong,” she said. “I didn’t enter a draw. I won it.”

The skill-testing question was: 8 x 6 - 5 + 9.

Poitras gave an answer of 51 both times, but the correct answer is 52.

There were a total of 5,000 GPS devices available to be won across Canada and the United States in this year's Roll Up the Rim to Win contest. Preloaded with Tim Hortons restaurant locations, the prize had a value of about $425 U.S.

The odds of winning that prize were one in 56,499.


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