15 July, 2017
But coming that close to $1 million will leave a mark for sure. "The penatly meant Karen Kuldys didn't win a $1-million prize".
It didn't take long for Kuldys to get the first prize, as Winnipeg's Ryan Lankford returned the opening kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown.
Karen Kuldys missed out on a million dollars in the Safeway/Sobeys Touchdown to Win promotion in last night's Argos-Bombers game but today, Ms. Kuldys, confessed she didn't know she was up for that kind of money and her family had to explain it to her. Touchdown to Win requires that two kickoffs be returned for touchdowns.
Unfortunately, an official fell for a dive by gritty fullback Mike Miller. "Not to sound greedy but it's not a million dollars", said Kuldys.
"Oh my God, I was this close to a million dollars. one bad call cost me", Kuldys said Friday in a phone interview. "You got to be kidding me".
"My stomach is in knots just thinking about it right now".
"While we can't reverse the referee's on-field call, we delighted to be able to offer Karen a year's worth of free groceries in addition to the great football offers made by the CFL and the Blue Bombers", Lyne Castonguay, executive vice-president of Sobeys, said in a statement. "That should have been a touchdown", he said. On behalf of the CFL, I invited her and her family to come to the Grey Cup this year as our guests.
A Blue Bombers player had returned a kick for a TD earlier, so when Jackson was heading to the end zone, Kuldys thought she was about to cash in.
"I knew it was a bad call, we had tickets in the 1970s, we love our Bombers, my son is a quarterback ... we love football", Kuldys told The Sports Network (TSN). I was in Winnipeg for the game and I spoke with her today.
Kuldys said she told her young granddaughter "grandma nearly won a million", adding "I'll be telling the story for the rest of my living days". I couldn't believe it.
Many fans blamed the referee for making a bad call, but Ambrosie defended his officials.