Monday, June 19, 2006

Apprentice TV Show star to give away $1 million worth of cars

Donald Trump, or "The Donald" as he used to be called by ex-wife Ivana, has announced that his three casinos will be giving away $1 million USD worth of high-end automobiles over July 7th, 8th and 9th. 30 Jaguars, Hummers, BMWs, Mercedes’ and Lexus’ as well as a few others will be up for grabs over the three day span at three hour intervals.
Basically a huge version of the standard "play the slots, win a car" sweepstake, the aptly-named "$1,000,000 MEGA CAR GIVEAWAY!" event is entered by casino customers using Trump’s signature "Wild Card" slot machine system. Every time a patron gets 100 Wild Card points, an entry is automatically made into the sweepstakes. There is obviously more than one entry per person allowed; meaning the longer a person plays the slots the more chances to walk away with a high-end car. Hopefully. Those looking to rack up the entries quickly would do best at the tables, for each hour of table play will reward the player with 100 entries.
Taking place at all three Trump resorts; Trump Plaza, Trump Marina, and the horribly named Trump Taj Mahal, the giveaway will kick off at 6 pm on July 7th with a Jaguar X-Type. Three hours later a lucky patron will walk away with a Mercedes Benz C-Class, followed by a Nissan 350Z at midnight on the contest’s opening day. Saturday’s giveaways begin at 3 pm, and will feature a Cadillac CTS, Hummer H3, Chrysler 300C, and a Lexus IS 250. The final day of the sweepstakes, Sunday, opens at 12 pm with a Mazda RX-8, followed up by a BMW 325i and Z4 closing the contest. Obviously each of the three casinos will be giving away the same vehicles at the same time on the same day; hence the 30 vehicles in total.
Known best for his bizarre and undistinguishable hairline, "The Donald" is currently valued at $2.7 billion USD. A second-generation real estate tycoon, Trump began building his empire by renovating the old New York Commodore Hotel into the Grand Hyatt. After the mid-nineties recession left him in somewhat dire straights, yet he managed to recover, and has since constructed numerous buildings and developments, most (if not all) bearing his name in some form or another.
Trump has since brought his business even more mainstream, with recent product releases like "Trump Ice" water, "Trump Magazine," and the soon-to-be-available "Trump Vodka," capping it off with his most famous product, the previously popular reality TV show "The Apprentice." First shown in 2004, "The Apprentice" pits numerous contestants against each other for an executive position at one of Trump’s companies with an opening salary in excess of $250,000 per annum. Paid a mere $50,000 per episode during the first season, Trump now reportedly earns $3 million per episode for a total of $48 million USD per season. While his net value is anyone’s business, where his hairline begins we’ll never know.


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