It was, bar none, the best cup of coffee of Jason Rollans’ life.
It had all creamy warmth and caffeine sweetness he has come to relish every morning on his daily trip through the drive-through at the Ladysmith Tim Horton’s.
And it also came with a car.
The Ladysmith volunteer firefighter rolled up the rim and won a 2015 Toyota Camry XSE, a grand prize in Timmy’s annual RRRoll Up the Rim to Win contest.
“I was stunned into silence,” he said. “The rest of my day was shot because I couldn’t stop thinking about it.”
Rollans, who works at Budget Car and Truck Rental in Nanaimo, currently drives Chevy Silverado. He says it now becomes his winter vehicle, with the Camry taking the lead in the summer. He says the sleek red Camry, which has a base sticker price of just under $29,000, is a thing of beauty.
He picked up the lucky cup March 11 on his way to work, downed it with his co-workers, then rolled up the rim as they prepared to open the shop.
“It was fun. It was awesome,” he said. “They were just as excited as I was.”
He received the car Thursday evening in front of a delighted crowd of friends, family and Tim Horton’s staff and onlookers.
Tim Horton’s owner Dave Milne has been operating the local outlet for nearly 12 years. This is his first grand prize winner, and he couldn’t be happier that it was a regular customer.
He said the win got the whole shop buzzing.
“Our guests are happy when they win a donut or a cup of coffee, so you can imagine how thrilling it is when someone rolls up the rim and realizes they won a new vehicle,” Milne said.