Mid-South family wins grand prize trip worth over $20,000 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mid-South family wins grand prize trip worth over $20,000

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis family won the vacation of a lifetime all because a grandmother was trying to save a few dollars.

The grandmother bought a Lunchables box on clearance.  What she did not plan on was entering a contest and winning a prize worth more than $20,000.

For 11-year-old Mallary Cox, the wild sleepover of the film "Night at the Museum" will soon become a reality.

"I was really excited," said Cox.  "I was smiling."

Cox's aunt entered her name into an online Lunchables contest after her grandmother purchased the lunch box.

"Of course, we didn't know what all it entailed at that point, but we were all very excited," said her mother, Wendy Cox.

The family was excited after they learned that Mallary Cox was the grand prize winner, sending nearly the entire family on a field trip to Washington, DC where they will stay overnight at a Smithsonian museum.

Cox said her grandmother purchased the Lunchables and did not even know there was a contest.  She said she almost tossed the box with instructions on how to enter, but something told her to take a chance.

"She actually threw the carton in the garbage and then said, 'let me take that out, it might be worth something,'" said Wendy Cox.

The grand prize includes round trip air fare and meals for 10 people.

"We realized it was such a huge prize worth about $22,000," said Wendy Cox.

The thought of sleeping inside the museum has Mallary Cox anxious.

"Watching 'Night at the Museum' makes me really excited, just wanting to stay up all night, but I can't," she said.

A fifth grade teacher in Southaven, Wendy Cox said her students have been counting down the days until the field trip at the end of the month.

"I want to incorporate it into my lessons," said Wendy Cox.

The Cox family said they never imagine they would win a contest like this.

"I've had many people come up to me and say, 'I never thought I would win anything like that.  You actually won?  I can't believe it,'" said Wendy Cox.

The family leaves for Washington, DC on March 30.  They said they look forward to taking in all of the historic landmarks.

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