What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.... Unless you're lucky enough to win an amazing trip there absolutely free, in which case you won't be able to stop telling people about it! That's what happened to Isobel Warner, who entered a competition on the Strongbow website and forgot all about it until her phone rang.
"I was notified by phone and really couldn't believe it at first. In fact, I kept asking what the catch was!" says Isobel, "I didn't really believe it until I received the confirmation in writing."
Although she won the prize in July 2008, Isobel eventually took the holiday in June 2009 in order to fit in with her son's exam commitments. Active, the PR company managing the prize, were particularly helpful, allowing them to swap one of the original four adult places for a child's place in order to make it a family holiday. The prize also included £3,000 in spending money, which they used to extend their break for a few more days in order to take in all the sights. They also got to choose their own hotel and a regional departure airport.
"The whole experience was amazing. We were met at the airport by a chauffeur-driven Hummer - the heat was so intense that it was like opening an oven door!"
"We spent several days just exploring the hotels on The Strip: seeing the lions at the MGM Grand, checking out the Sphinx at the Luxor, riding the roller coasters at New York, New York and sailing along the canal (complete with opera singing gondoliers) at the Venetian. We took a night time tour of The Strip as well, and were dazzled by the neon lights everywhere."
Extending their trip allowed the Warren family to escape the shiny trappings of central Las Vegas and see some of America's greatest natural wonders as well.
"Probably the highlight of our holiday was a trip out to the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon. We took a boat trip down the Colorado River and a helicopter flight through the Grand Canyon. In fact, this trip was probably the only time in our lives that we'll take three helicopter rides in three days!"
Isobel has been very lucky in her 18 months of serious comping - she's also won concert tickets, books, cider, wine, beauty goodies, TWO makeovers at top London salons and even a place at Sarah Toner's 'How To Look Fabulous In High Heels' masterclass, which she described as great fun!
What's Isobel's secret? Well, it could be comping karma as she has also won some lovely prizes to pass on to others. She won a 4D baby scan, which was passed on to a pregnant colleague, and her husband enjoyed an audience with Italian football legend Fabio Copello. But even she isn't immune to the odd duff prize - her worst win was a year's supply of Hula Hoops from a local paper that were all out of date!
Hopefully Lady Luck was shining on the Warren family on their trip to Vegas, and we'll soon be hearing about their next big win!