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! (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20041203/LAF078-a http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20041203/LAF078-b) 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 backyards." 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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