INDIANA ‚ÄĒ It's OK to Carrie and Buddy Orr that the Steelers weren't playing in Super Bowl XLVI, because in the end, the couple from Washington Township, Indiana County, won a bigger prize.
And Monday at Colonial Toyota in Indiana, Colonial owner CJ Spadafora presented the Orrs with the keys to their prizes: Two custom-built 2012 Toyotas ‚ÄĒ a black Camry V6 SE for Carrie, a red Camry XLE Hybrid for Buddy ‚ÄĒ through Toyota's ‚ÄúCamry Effect‚ÄĚ contest, in which during Super Bowl XLVI, a viewer could win a new 2012 Toyota Camry for himself or herself and another one for a friend, a prize valued at more than $53,000.
When asked why Carrie received the black car, and Buddy received the red car, he replied, ‚ÄúI don't care. It's a car.‚ÄĚ
Carrie entered the contest only twice, and her winning entry was the one she cast the day of the Super Bowl.
‚ÄúI got on the Web and said, ‚ÄėI'm going to enter a contest to win a car,‚Äô‚ÄĚ she said Monday about when she told Buddy about her plan. ‚ÄúHe said, ‚ÄėKnock yourself out.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
Buddy added, ‚ÄúShe'd enter a contest to win a snow-blower in the summer.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúWe have dial-up Internet,‚ÄĚ Carrie said. ‚ÄúI was surprised to get my entries in.‚ÄĚ
The Orrs won a contest for a trip to Wesley Coon Lake, Ontario, Canada, last May, but they acknowledge that Monday's prize ‚ÄĒ which saw more than seven million people enter ‚ÄĒ is the biggest and the best.
‚ÄúSo I never make fun of her for entering contests,‚ÄĚ Buddy said.
The win comes at a time when the Orrs could use some good luck.
This past September, Carrie was diagnosed with colon cancer, and will undergo her last chemotherapy treatment Thursday before another checkup in a month. She turns 60 this weekend, and at age 62, Buddy would like to retire, but that might have to wait until he turns 65.
Four years ago, he lost his job of 20 years when the company moved overseas, but has since found other work.
Then, there was the simple fact: The Orrs simply needed new vehicles, as
their Chrysler New Yorker and a Ford F150 pick-up are both just shy of 20 years old. Carrie said amid her own health issues, she was concerned about what would happen when one or both of their vehicles konked out.
But the Orrs also said they believe that luck didn't play a role in their win.
‚ÄúGod had a hand in this,‚ÄĚ Carrie said. ‚ÄúI truly believe that.‚ÄĚ
Toyota debuted its ‚ÄúConnections‚ÄĚ during halftime of Super Bowl XLVI in connection with its Camry Effect promotion, which provides past and present Camry owners a platform to share their stories, moments and memories from over the past 30 years, since the vehicle was first introduced in America.
Nick Frontiera, account manager for Saatchi Saatchi LA, said the vehicles were built for the Orrs a week after they won the contest.
Toyota partnered with Shazam, an app for mobile phones, so viewers could enter the context via the Toyota Web site or the Shazam app.
Carrie said while she was excited she had won, the waiting and formal confirmation were a bit unnerving. But that's all OK now.
The next step, they said, is figuring out all the bells, whistles and gadgets in their new cars.
‚ÄúI have no idea what half that stuff is,‚ÄĚ Buddy said. ‚ÄúBut they'll (Colonial staff) go over all that with us, the electronic stuff.‚ÄĚ
Carrie said a representative for the contest notified her of her win around 11 p.m. Feb. 5, just after the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17.
‚ÄúI went, 'Oh boy,'‚ÄĚ Carrie said of her reaction to the news.
‚ÄúIt was definitely a lot louder,‚ÄĚ Buddy added.
‚ÄúWhen I told him I won, he was like, 'Yeah right,'‚ÄĚ Carrie said. ‚ÄúHe perked up when I told him that he won a car, too.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúNo one slept that night,‚ÄĚ Buddy said.
As for whom Carrie had to choose as her ‚Äúbest friend‚ÄĚ to receive the other car, she said there was no question that it was Buddy, her husband of 40 years.
‚ÄúHe's been here through thick and thin,‚ÄĚ she said.
In addition to Spadafora, the Orrs welcomed members of their family and Colonial Toyota staff to their celebration Monday.