In honor of National Plumber’s Day, which was yesterday April 25th, Roto-Rooter announced the winner of their Pumped Out John Sweepstakes. You may recall seeing or hearing about it. This one-of-a kind $5,000 toilet give-away promotion was created by Roto-Rooter which states that the average person spends 11,862 hours in the bathroom which equals one year, four months and five days on the toilet in a lifetime.
The "Pimped out John" is a Kohler Cimarron toilet surrounded by a 20-inch flat panel TV, Gateway laptop computer, Xbox 360Ô game system, DVD player, Tivo DVR, refrigerator with a beer tap and an iPod with stereo docking station that doubles as a toilet tissue holder. It was mentioned on The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the BBC, as well as this video which was posted on YouTube.
Roto-Rotter’s real goal of the campaign was to bring in a younger demographic to boosts it core customer base of aging Boomers and beyond. They received almost 300,000 entries and as the luck of the draw, the grand prize winner turned out to be not just another Baby Boomer, but also a woman!
Marcia Luhman, 55, of Oro Valley, Arizona is the winner of this ultimate toilet. Marcia is semi-retired and says
she entered the sweepstakes because she thought her 25-year-old son
would enjoy the prize. "I did it as a joke because he is a little crazy
and I knew he would enjoy it," said Luhman. Her son, Matthew Pechter,
is a student in the digital arts program at Pima Community College, in
addition to being, perhaps, the luckiest guy in America this week.
When asked if she’d ever won anything before, Marcia replied: "when I
was seven years old I won a goldfish at a school carnival at Thomas A.
Edison Public School in Park Ridge, Illinois."
So to all you guys out there that really wanted to win this powerful throne, you can always try and contact Maria and make her an offer. A happy belated Plumbers Day to everyone including you plumbers. If you’re interested in reading about the history of plumbing I came across this interesting site in my searches – ThePlumber.com. Marica and her son can soon read about it on their new Gateway computer.