When Ed Polakoff drove away from the York Township Sunoco APlus on a hot day last August, he felt pretty good.
After a Sunoco spotter noted the brand's decal sticker on the rear window of his car, Polakoff was handed a $10 gift card. Pretty lucky, right?
A few months later, he learned just how lucky he was.
In January, Polakoff got a phone call from Sunoco telling him he had won 5,000 gallons of free gas in the 2012 Free Fuel 5000.
On Tuesday morning, he received his prize at the same Sunoco where his decal was spotted in August.
What car do you drive? Hyundai Accent. His wife, Christine, drives a Toyota Prius.
How many miles to the gallon do you get? Between 30 and 35; the Prius, 45 to 55.
How long do you think the prize will last? Polakoff anticipates getting five years of gasoline out of the deal. Sunoco estimates the prize is worth eight years of gasoline.
Do you drive very much? Polakoff, a photographer, travels around central Pennsylvania and Maryland covering weddings, concerts, parties and sporting events.
How is the prize distributed? Polakoff was presented with 200 $100 gift cards to Sunoco on Tuesday. He can use them to buy gas, food or drinks at any Sunoco location. He also can give them away to friends or family.
What does your family think? This children are excited, but might not get to share in their father's luck. Polakoff and his wife have six children. Five live in Arizona; outside Sunoco distribution, which operates 4,900 retail outlets in 24 states east of the Mississippi River.
Any big trips in your future? Polakoff and his wife are planning to drive to Arizona in April and will use the Sunoco gift cards as they drive west.
What are the odds of winning? Eight million decals were distributed by Sunoco last year, according to a company representative. Of those, 9,881 drivers with the decals were noticed by Sunoco spotters and added to the raffle. Those are similar to the odds of getting struck by lightning in your lifetime, according to the National Weather Service.
How do you enter?
Pick up a decal from any Sunoco location and display it on your car. If the decal is noticed by a Sunoco spotter during the contest time - usually June through August - you will be eligible to win.