Apple announced a while ago that they were approaching the 10 billionth App download from the iOS App Store. They also announced that whoever managed to download the 10 billionth App would win a $10,000 iTunes gift card. Naturally, this caused many people to start constantly downloading Apps in the hope that they would win this sickeningly huge prize that would mean they wouldn’t have to buy anything from iTunes again.
Well, the magic number has been reached and the winner was announced on Saturday. Turns out it was a lady called Gail Davis, from Orpington, Kent.
The issue was that Mrs Davis doesn’t like phonecalls from big companies. Oh no. In fact, when Eddie Cue, Apple’s VP of iTunes called her she told them that she wasn’t interested. She thought it was a prank call. Why would the VP of iTunes call her? It took a little begging from her daughters before she rang them back, but by that point the person on the other end of the line had moved on and she was told that nobody could help. Panic ensued.
Lucky for Mrs Davis, one of Cue’s colleagues called her back a few hours later to ensure that she got her prize. It may have been a bit of a PR disaster if he hadn’t, and her daughters would never have forgiven her.
I’ve filed this under Tutorials and Tips, and here is my tip: if a big company rings, don’t always assume it’s a prank just in case you’ve actually won a small fortune.
Source: Cult of Mac