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Published: Wednesday July 16, 2014 MYT 9:23:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday July 16, 2014 MYT 9:24:48 PM

UMW Toyota duo can’t stop thanking their lucky stars

SOME people seem to have all the luck in the world – like Chee Wai Meng and Kamalesa Rao Letchimanan.

Not only did they win a trip to Brazil, they also earned a once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch a World Cup Finals match in Sao Paulo!

How lucky can you get?

And talking about luck, it also happens that both the winners are with UMW Toyota. Wai Meng is a sales adviser in Ipoh while Kamal is a service adviser in Puchong.

When they took part in the Budweiser World Cup contest, all they thought they’d win was probably the FIFA World Cup merchandise.

They didn’t even think about winning the grand prize.

So, you can imagine how thrilled they were when Luen Heng F&B Sdn Bhd, the sole importer of Budweiser in this region, called them to inform them of their good fortune.

For Kamal, 30, it was actually a case of being second-time lucky. This die-hard Manchester United fan had won a trip to the Emirates to watch Arsenal play Liverpool back in 2006.

Kamal said that when he received the call, he thought it was a prank.

“I told my wife and my mother and they both told me to be careful as there are many con artists out there,” said Kamal in Rio de Janeiro recently.

“But I checked and found out that it was for real. I was super excited.”

So, now that he has been twice lucky, what would he wish for if he could be third-time lucky?

“Why, to win a trip to Old Trafford, of course!” came his immediate reply.

With his luck, it will probably be just a matter of time before it comes true.

As for Wai Meng, the 40-year-old can attribute it to his birthday luck.

“I was celebrating my belated birthday party with a group of friends when they suggested that I enter the competition. So, just out of fun and curiosity, I did,” he said.

“What started out as a fun and spur-of-the-moment thing, turned real ... I’ve never won anything before.”

So what did he enjoy the most?

“Just the fact that I’m in Brazil ... and watching a World Cup semi-final match (between Argentina and Holland) live in Sao Paulo. It’s so surreal,” he said.

And they both couldn’t stop thanking their lucky stars – and Budweiser, of course!

Tags / Keywords: World Cup 2014, Brazil

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