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Lucky Trucker Hauls in $100,000 Prize from; North Dakota Family Man Surprised As His Online Game Playing Pays Off Big

Friday, October 31, 2008 - 05:06

SAWYER, N.D., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- There was no trick to it...but it was one heck of a treat for Ray Esquibel when the folks from called to tell him he was their annual sweepstakes prize winner. The Sawyer, ND family man - a long haul trucker by trade - is the 2008 recipient of the $100,000 sweepstakes grand prize. What's more, he will now have a 1-in-100 chance to up the ante to an even grander $1,000,000 prize.

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A relative newcomer to the family of casual gamers, Esquibel joined the site earlier this year and began playing during some of his downtime between road trips. Esquibel's wife, Loretta, has been an member since August 2000.

"It is a pure joy to award this prize to Ray Esquibel, a relative newcomer to the community of casual gamers," stated IWON Vice President Timothy Allen. "Ray's winning ways prove that whether you're an IWON member for eight years, eight months or eight days, you still have a shot at the big prize." surprised Esquibel with the winning news during one of his brief respites between truck runs. Reacting to his winning the $100,000 grand prize with a combination of astonishment, skepticism and jubilant celebration, Esquibel took a brief moment with his wife asking, "Is this real?" Assured that it was by an IWON representative, Esquibel exclaimed, "This is awesome! I've never won anything before. I guess my economy has just been spurred." game players are awarded "coins" - the site's virtual currency - for playing games and participating in other site-related activities. Each "coin" earned can be used to generate an entry into the weekly, monthly and ultimately, the annual sweepstakes. Since its founding in 1999, has given away more than $72 million.

In addition to regularly scheduled individual prize drawings, recently rolled out its monthly team challenge competition, which can benefit any of up to 500 national charities as well as local and other user-specified charities. Coins awarded to players for individual game play do double-duty as they continue to accrue to the benefit of the individual player, enhancing their chances of winning a sweepstakes drawing. Players can designate those same coins to the charity team of their choice. Each month, both the national charity and the user-specified charity with the most committed coins are awarded a $10,000 prize.

About IAC Consumer Applications & Portals, Inc. ("IAC CAP")

IAC CAP, a wholly owned business of IAC (NASDAQ:IACI) , is a leading developer of consumer applications and portals which enable users to creatively and visually express themselves online. IAC CAP brands include Zwinky(R), ZwinkyCuties(TM), Girlsense(R), Smiley Central(R), Webfetti(TM), IWON(R), Life123(TM), Popular Screensavers(TM), MyFunCards(TM), Cursor Mania(TM), as well as the Excite(R) and MyWay(TM) portals.


Source: IAC Consumer Applications & Portals, Inc.

CONTACT: Deborah Szajngarten of IAC Consumer Applications and Portals,

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