By Lucy Ashton
A local student has bagged £27,000 in a radio competition – at her first attempt.
First year Glasgow University fresher Tia Caldwell, 18, won the big cash prize through a Clyde 1 radio competition. The competition, known as ‘Cash Register’, is hosted on the radio every day live on air.
The hosts of the show tells listeners what the sum of money up for grabs is for that day – after which they call an entry number and ask what the amount was.
Dumbarton’s already had one lucky winner in Mary Crozier Carr, who was delighted to win a big prize.
If the player then states the correct amount, they win, but if you are phoned by Clyde 1, you must answer before the fifth ring otherwise you forfeit the prize.
Tia, left, who studies English at Glasgow University says that she found the competition through her mum, who does it every day.
Tia said: “She always says they’ll never phone her but she does it just in case”.
Tia and her mum were driving and so entered the competition on Tia’s phone instead of her mum’s. This was Tia’s first time entering.
When the phone rang on Thursday Tia had been watching ‘She’s the Man’ – and didn’t believe it was real. The Clyde 1 radio host on the phone told Tia it was her lucky day and began to ask her questions.
She said: “I think I was just in shock while they were talking to me and I just kept getting the giggles and laughing, then I was paranoid I had gotten the cash amount wrong!”
When asked what she plans to do with the money, Tia said she recently passed her driving test and plans to buy a car.
She also says she plans to spoil her mum since she’s the one who enters every day.
She added: “I’ll treat her to some nice gifts and I might also pay for her driving lessons as she has always wanted to learn”.
After that, with money left over, Tia plans to go on a shopping spree and then put the rest into a savings account for when she is older and out of university.