IMAGINE being faced with the choice of choosing between a Jeep, caravan or travel voucher each valued at $45,000 – this was the decision that Paul McColl was tasked with making last weekend.
The Kooroocheang resident said he was close to not answering his phone when organisers from The Meadows Greyhound Racing Club, rang him on Saturday night to inform him that he was the winner of the major prize which was drawn at last Saturday nights Group One Australian Cup at The Meadows.
“I got the call around 10pm and I didn’t know the number so I nearly didn’t answer,” he said.
Paul, a greyhound trainer himself wasn’t able to attend the event, and wife Caylie could be heard in the background of the phone call yelling “I told you we should’ve gone,” when he received the exciting news.
Paul missed out on a bonus $5,000 in cash when he wasn’t at the event on Saturday, which was then given to guest Jeffery Evans whose name was drawn out following Paul’s.
After much thought and consideration, the father of two went with the Jeep after taking the weekend to think about it.
To add more to what is already an interesting tale to tell, Paul and his wife were married at The Meadows five years ago.
The greyhound trainer of 18 years said he wouldn’t consider himself to be a professional trainer.
“I’m more of a hobby trainer as I’ve got a fulltime job as well, but I do train for other people sometimes too,” he said.
Paul followed in his father’s foot-steps by getting involved in the industry.
Unsure as to when he is picking up the car, Paul said his family shared in his excitement, including daughters, Penny and Georgia.