Local Couple Wins MASTERPIECE 40th Anniversary Sweepstakes
Anyone for tea at Downton Abbey? As the lucky winner of the MASTERPIECE 40th Anniversary Sweepstakes, Greg Sieminski will head to England this fall for a VIP tour of Highclere Castle—the “real” setting for “Downton Abbey,” the popular miniseries shown on MASTERPIECE on the Community Idea Stations. The prizewinner will also visit other iconic MASTERPIECE locations. Sieminski, a longtime MASTERPIECE fan who watches the series with his wife on WHTJ PBS, decided the prize would be the perfect celebration for the couple’s anniversary, which fell on April 26, the last day of the sweepstakes. “We love looking at the beautiful locations on MASTERPIECE, so the opportunity to visit them was impossible to resist,” says Sieminski, who entered the sweepstakes every morning before he left for work. “I was thrilled to tell my wife I won the MASTERPIECE 40th Anniversary Sweepstakes. How am I going to top this next year?”
“Viewers are constantly telling us that they love how our programs transport them to fabulous locations,” says MASTERPIECE executive producer Rebecca Eaton. “We’re delighted that our Sweepstakes with VisitBritain made it possible for two MASTERPIECE fans to tour some of these special places. Congratulations, Mr. Sieminski!”
A collaboration between MASTERPIECE and VisitBritain, Britain’s national tourism agency, the MASTERPIECE 40th Anniversary Sweepstakes was an enormous success, with almost 730,000 entries collected during the three-month eligibility period. The MASTERPIECE 40th Anniversary Sweepstakes Grand Prize includes roundtrip travel to the UK for the winner and a guest for a four-day, three- night trip offering VIP tours of locations such as Highclere Castle, Greenway (a National Trust property and home of Agatha Christie) and Blenheim Palace (“The Lost Prince”), all of which are featured on The Great British Heritage Pass.
MASTERPIECE can be seen Sunday evenings at 9:00 on WHTJ PBS and WCVE PBS.