St. Joseph resident wins trip to Hawaii through local radio contest

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Winner Matt Sonner (center) with Eagle Radio staff.

A St. Joseph resident who entered a contest each week during the football season ended up winning a trip to Hawaii.

Matt Sonner said his wife convinced him to enter the Gridiron Glory contest which takes place over the entire NFL football season. Participants select a winner of every football game each week and based on their winning picks, are awarded points.

Sonner was not only the local winner of two season tickets to a Chiefs game and $500 cash, but also was the winner of the national contest. Sonner was the winner out of more than 100,000 participants nationwide and won two tickets to Hawaii valued at $5,000.

“The last week… nationally, I was in third place and I knew the only way I could win was pick the underdog, so I ended up picking Philadelphia and it all paid off,” Sonner said.

Sonner said since they already had a trip planned to Hawaii, he decided to take the cash.

“We’re going to take the cash value and put it in the savings account and, who knows, maybe go on another trip in 2019,” Sonner said. “So we’ll just let it sit there and do something fun with it at some point.”