Carl Buddig Awards $50,000 Grand Prize in Dream Big Giveaway

Latest in series of promotions for meat snack company


Mary Lu Marr, Tom Buddig

HOMEWOOD, Ill. -- A grandmother of six from Dublin, Calif., Mary Lu Marr, is the recipient of a $50,000 grand prize check in the Dream Big Giveaway, courtesy of Carl Buddig & Co and Old Wisconsin.

Marr, 71, collected the check at a celebration brunch with Buddig family member/owner Tom Buddig, family and friends in San Francisco on Feb. 26, 2014.

The company determined the Dream Big Grand Prize winner through a random drawing. First Place prize winner Cynthia Petri, 56, from Bishop, Texas, received $15,000.

"When I received the phone call notifying me I was the winner, I was in total shock and disbelief," Marr said. "I kept thinking someone would call me and say it was a big mistake."

While Marr has made a hobby of entering sweepstakes and contests for fun over the years, she said she's never won anything on this scale. She learned about the promotion after purchasing Buddig Original turkey products for the first time last year, and she's been a fan of the brand ever since. She plans to use the prize money to splurge on a family Mexican cruise and separate trip with her sister.

"We're thrilled to present this check to Mary Lu for $50,000," said Tom Buddig, executive vice president of marketing for Carl Buddig & Co. "It's always exciting to be even a small part of helping someone fulfill their dreams, so we want to congratulate Mary Lu and wish her the best as she enjoys her prize money."

Marr bested more than 17,000 entries to collect the $50,000 grand prize in the Dream Big sweepstakes, which concluded Dec. 31. The Dream Big promotion had more than 57,000 entries overall. The sweepstakes capitalized on the popularity of the online gaming trend, inviting players to collect game pieces representing dream vacations, cars, shopping sprees and other fantasy prizes.

The Dream Big Giveaway is the latest in a series of promotions offered by Carl Buddig & Co. since mid-2011.

Based in Homewood, Ill, Carl Buddig & Co. is the fourth generation, family-owned parent company of Buddig lunchmeat and Old Wisconsin hardwood smoked sausage and snack products. Buddig offers an assortment of quality, thin-sliced lean meats for sandwiches, snacks and special recipes including Buddig Original, Deli Cuts and Fix Quix products. Old Wisconsin sausage and meat snack products are handcrafted and smoked over real hardwood fires.