Dr Pepper Football Promotion Has Dr Pepper Drinkers Throwing for a Chance to Win $1 Million

Two Gridiron Hopefuls Compete Simultaneously for $1 Million

at Saturday's Big 12 and SEC Championship Games

Dec 03, 2004, 00:00 ET from Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages

    PLANO, Texas, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Did you ever wonder what it would
 feel like to throw the game-winning touchdown pass in front of 80,000 fans at
 the championship game?  For two lucky Dr Pepper drinkers, it could feel like a
 Million Bucks!  In the culmination of a 3-month long promotion, Lonnie Bulger
 of Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina, and Timothy Spiker of Mentor, Ohio, bested
 more than 50 competitors from around the country in Friday's elimination round
 of Dr Pepper's annual "Win a Million" promotion.  On Saturday, the two
 finalists will walk onto the field of the SEC and the Big 12 Championships in
 front of nearly 160,000 fans and millions of viewers nationwide to throw for
 the money -- up to $1 million each!
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      As the title sponsor and the official soft drink of the SEC and Big 12
 Conferences, Dr Pepper has made dreams come true for many college football
 fans this season by offering thousands of football-related prizes including
 Saturday's dual $1 million competitions taking place simultaneously at both
 championship games.
     "Football and Dr Pepper are two American classics that people are
 passionate about," said Gil Cassagne, President & CEO, Cadbury Schweppes
 Americas Beverages.  "This championship weekend we wanted to reward some of
 our loyal consumers for continuing to choose Dr Pepper beverages when watching
 their favorite college football teams."
     In today's elimination round, Bulger, 31, earned his halftime spot by
 successfully tossing six balls from progressively longer distances at an
 oversized Dr Pepper can replica before finally missing at 35 yards out.  On
 Saturday, Bulger a road inspector for the city of Charlotte, will take the
 field at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta where he will have 30 seconds or less to
 pass five footballs from the 5-yard line and five footballs from the 10-yard
 line into a two-foot target hole at an oversized Dr Pepper can replica earning
 $10,000 for each successful pass.
     After 30 seconds, Bulger will have the option to either attempt a 30-yard
 throw into the can or attempt to kick a field goal from the 20-yard line.  If
 either is successful, his winnings will be multiplied by ten.
     Simultaneously, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Spiker, age 37, will
 compete for an additional $1 million.  Spiker a computer security specialist,
 earned his spot on the field after successfully throwing 6 balls at an
 oversized Dr Pepper can replica from a distance of up to 30 yards.
     "In past years, contestants have won as much as $400,000 so the stakes are
 certainly high," said Jim Trebilcock, Senior Vice President, Consumer
 Marketing.  "In fact, we know that many of our semi-finalists have been
 practicing for weeks on makeshift fields they've created in their own
     About Dr Pepper
     Dr Pepper is a leading brand in the beverage portfolio of Plano,
 Texas-based Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages (CSAB), a subsidiary division
 of Cadbury Schweppes plc (NYSE:   CSG).  CSAB is one of the largest producers of
 soft drinks and premium beverages in the Americas.  CSAB's brand portfolio
 includes Dr Pepper, 7 UP, Snapple, Mott's Apple Juice, RC Cola, A&W Root Beer,
 Sunkist Soda, Canada Dry, Hawaiian Punch, Schweppes, Diet Rite, Slush Puppie
 frozen drinks, Clamato, Mr & Mrs Ts Mixers, Holland House Mixers, Rose's,
 Mistic, Yoo-hoo, Orangina, IBC, Stewart's, Nantucket Nectars and other
 well-known consumer brands.  For additional information on Cadbury Schweppes
 and its products, visit www.cadburyschweppes.com.

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