By John Larson
Christina Albeldano got a surprise visit to her home on Thursday, Dec. 2.
The Socorro resident was chosen as the Grand Prize winner of Aaron’s National Lucky Dog Days Sweepstakes and received a houseful of furniture, appliances and electronics valued at around $10,000. Atlanta-based Aaron’s, Inc. is a lease-to-own retailer with one location in the Socorro area.
The items arrived at Albeldano’s residence in one of Aaron’s delivery trucks. She’d been informed that she was one of the company’s 99 prize winners, but not specifically that she had won the top prize.
“I’m still numb,” Albeldano said afterward. “I don’t know what to think. I’ve never won anything in my life.”
Her prize package included an eight-piece living room set, an eight-piece bedroom set, a 60-inch Mitsubishi 1080p big screen TV with stand, a 32-inch Panasonic LCD flat panel TV, a Frigidaire 23 cu. ft. refrigerator, a Frigidaire front load high-efficiency clothes washer and dryer pair, a Dell Inspiron laptop computer, and an HP Mini netbook computer.
Aaron’s Inc. sent out more than 1.6 million letters with unique prize numbers during the contest, which ran from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.
Brandon Kellogg, manager of the Aaron’s retail store in Socorro, said that Albeldano has been a customer of his store since 2008.
“We’ve become friends over the last two years,” he said. “Sometimes she comes into the store just to say hello. I can’t think of anybody who deserved to win the grand prize more than her.”
Aaron's regional manager Brooks Hartmann added, “All of us at Aaron’s hope that winning the National Lucky Dog Days Grand Prize is going to brighten the holiday season for Christina and her family.”
Pictured: Christine Albeldano reacts to being told by Aaron's manager Brandon Kellog she won the grand prize.
Photo by John Larson