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Saturday, 23 May 2015

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Olympic win is just the ticket!

A SPUR of the moment decision to buy a bar of chocolate has won a North Tyne woman a seat at the men's 100m final at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Going for gold: Maddy Verrier with her Golden Ticket to the 2012 London Olympics.

In true Willy Wonka style, Maddy Verrier (38), of Charlton, near Bellingham, ripped open a Cadbury’s Twirl to find a Golden Ticket for the once-in-a-lifetime sporting event.

After stopping off to buy fuel at a garage in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, where she works as a set designer for ITV soap Emmerdale, Maddy had the sudden impulse to buy her guilty pleasure.

And it certainly paid off as the Golden Ticket means she has won a pair of tickets for the 100m final, as well as the men’s badminton doubles and singles, the handball and artistic gymnastics finals.

Maddy said: “I opened up the chocolate bar and out came the Golden Ticket, but I’m always sceptical of these competitions and I wasn’t sure if it was just a Cadbury’s publicity stunt.

“So I phoned them up and they said ‘Congratulations, you've won a ticket package to the Olympic Games!'

“It was just a real surprise and I can’t quite believe it’s true – I probably won’t do until I am sitting in the stadium.

“It was very much down to luck – but my chocolate craving has finally paid off!”

Maddy’s husband, Andrew, a mad keen sports fan himself, will accompany her to the Olympics in August.

The prize also includes accommodation and transport to and from events.

The couple are thrilled at the prospect of watching the Games, particularly the 100m final which will more than likely feature world record holder Usain Bolt.

Mrs Verrier said: “The 100m is the pinnacle of the Games – the dream ticket and the one that everybody wants.

“Being part of that and being in London will be awesome; it's something we are never going to witness again.”

She added: “We didn’t bother trying to buy any tickets for the Olympics because it seemed so much like a lottery; we thought we would just watch it on television.

“Now, to be involved with it, especially when it is in our country, will be amazing – we can’t wait.”