Corner Stores Awards Free Flight for Year

Also gives away 24 round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines

McALLEN, Texas -- Lee Ann Dupont, from McAllen, Texas, won a year of flights from Southwest Airlines in Corner Store's recent Drink Up & Fly Away contest.

Participating Corner Stores across the United States gave away a year of flights from Southwest Airlines to one grand prize winner, and nine additional customers won four round-trip flights. From March 4 to May 6, customers could enter to win with the purchase of a 44-oz. Coca-Cola beverage.

In two months, Corner Store received 60,000 entries.

"This promotion was special because it gave someone who didn't have the chance to travel the adventure of a lifetime," said Hal Adams, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for CST Brands, Corner Store's parent company.

Dupont said she plans to use the tickets to visit Washington, D.C., this fall, then on to Vermont to see the leaves change.

Dupont bought the winning beverage at the Corner Store in Edinburg, Texas, where she stops in to buy a soda every morning, and decided to enter the contest.

CST Brands is one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America. Based in San Antonio, Texas, CST employs nearly 12,000 team members at nearly 1,900 locations throughout the southwestern United States and eastern Canada offering a broad array of convenience merchandise, beverages, snacks and fresh food. In the United States, CST Corner Stores sell Valero fuels and signature products such as Fresh Choices baked and packaged goods, U Force energy and sport drinks, Cibolo Mountain coffee, FC Soda and Flavors2Go fountain drinks. In Canada, CST is the exclusive provider of Ultramar fuels and its Depanneur du Coin and Corner Stores sell signature Transit Cafe coffee and pastries.