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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

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Super low bid secures iPad in Evening Mail’s reverse auction

IT is like Christmas morning in the Evening Mail office, watching 11-year-old Connor tear open the box of his brand new iPad.

PLEASED: Centre, Gemma Carter, pictured with her 11-year-old son Connor Carter, won an iPad in an Evening Mail reverse auction. Runner-up Lynne Turner, left, with her daughter Jasmine Turner-Ogden seven, picked up a £50 prize along with fellow runner-up Jackie Scott , right CANDICE WRIGHT REF: 50038351B001

In fact, Connor’s mum, Gemma, had been thinking about getting her son the hottest gadget on the market right now as his present this year.

But never did she imagine she would be able to pick one up after lodging a unique bid of 24p – as new iPad 3 prices start at £399.

Miss Carter is the first winner of the Evening Mail’s reverse auction competition.

The 30-year-old, of Beech Street, Barrow, said: “I was over the moon – really, really pleased.

“Connor’s been wanting one and he started at St Bernard’s last week, so I thought it would be good for his homework, although I think he’s got games in mind. I might use it for a bit of online shopping – if I’m allowed!”

It seems everyone who entered the auction was doing so for unselfish reasons.

Runner-up Lynne Turner had hoped to get an early Christmas present for seven-year-old daughter, Jasmine.

Miss Turner’s £50 prize means she has made a profit, after sending 10 texts in her bid to win.

The 31-year-old, of Monks Brow, Barrow, said: “I was really surprised when I found out I’d won the money – I’ll be putting it towards my phone bill!

“It’s good to get a bit of a return.

“In all seriousness, my friend got married on Saturday so it went behind the bar at the Abbey House.”

Fellow runner-up Jackie Scott, 51, of Lord Street, Dalton, had been trying to win the iPad for husband Peter’s 63rd birthday. Clutching her £50, she said: “At least he can have this instead. I’ll have to give it to him, now I’ve said it in the Evening Mail!”

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