Luck is in the Kimchi

Sep 5, 2011 by    Posted under: Life

I’ll cut to the chase here and explain the build up after. I won $1000 gift certificate to my local Korean grocery store!

Free kimchi for life! Or at least for the next seven months when we’ve either spent it all or the gift certificate expires.

I attribute this win to my relentless craving for kimchi jjigae. That or it was my lucky day.

Either way, I had forgotten about this scratch off ticket the cashier had given me when I was there several days ago. Then yesterday, I was in my car at a very long traffic light looking for something in my wallet when I noticed it.

Not expecting to win anything, it took me two more red traffic lights to finish scratching it off and when I saw those three $1000, I put it back into my wallet not believing that what I saw was what I thought it was.

Now, I consider myself to be a very lucky person but I’ve never really won any ‘prizes’ in my life except a few free scratch off lottery tickets, a couple of bucks and some stuffed animals at the fair. Plus, since my move out West and career change, I’ve had to become a very frugal person. Holding a $1000 winning ticket is a really big deal for me.

Having had every single member of my family verify that the ticket was really a $1000 winner, I went into the store today to turn in my winning ticket. I went up to the counter that looked like it might be a customer service center (it was actually a counter selling cell phones but it was either that or the Hello Kitty counter) and asked the man where I needed to go to turn in a winning scratch off ticket.

He asked me how much it was for and when I said “$1000” he started yelling across the store, in Korean and English, “She won $1000!” Cashiers started tooting horns (think clown or bike horn), store workers and customers alike were whooping it up and yelling “Congratulations!” and hard of hearing ajummas were yelling out “Olmayeyo? Olmayeyo?” (“How much? How much?”). It was kind of a circus.

It took a while to sort everything out, including having photos taken of me holding a giant, fake cardboard ticket, but in the end, I walked out feeling like a celebrity and a pocket full of gift certificates.

This win isn’t just a win for me, it’s a win for my whole family. We are a team, a win for one is a win for all. We’re all excited, all planning shopping trips and menus and feeling like kids in a candy store.

And this win isn’t about the money as much as it is about the excitement of something so unexpected. Sure, winning $1000 gift certificate to something practical and necessary like a grocery store is very much appreciated, but this feels like a real life Golden Ticket moment. A true gift that is exciting and fun and enables me to help my family.

So, want to be lucky too? Head on over and check out How to Make Kimchi Jjigae. I’m telling you, luck is in the kimchi!

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