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Army vet wins $35K while buying Subway meal

White Sands Missile Range Subway manager Brandi Army, left, and Army veteran Latoya Mandas hold a giant check signifying Mandas’ win. (Army &Amp; Air Force Exchange Service)

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE – Army veteran Latoya Mandas is a regular customer at Subway, but she never thought that her frequent visits to the fast-food restaurant would get her a $25,000 shopping spree.

Mandas looked in disbelief at the tab on her cup filled with lemonade when she recently read that she was one of the lucky winners of the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s Subway Sip Rip promotion.

“I just went in one day for a meal and they gave me a cup with a peel-off label,” Mandas told the Sun-news earlier this month. “I pulled it and I thought, ‘What is this?’ ”

Mandas got really excited once she realized the prize was real and she wasn’t getting pranked, Brandi Army, White Sands Missile Range troop store manager, said.

The Exchange prize was for a family vacation, but Mandas decided to put much of her winnings toward an Exchange shopping spree, with $5,000 going into an Exchange gift card since COVID-19 makes traveling impossible.

What will Mandas do with $25,000? The family is planning to upgrade their home with new furniture and electronics for their three kids.

“One’s about to go off to college, so how about a MacBook?” Mandas said.

As a proud Army veteran, Mandas also plans to find a way to give back to the Army community.

The giveaway is part of the Exchange’s 125th-anniversary celebration of their service to the Army.

“The Exchange is honored to recognize families like Latoya’s by helping them see their dreams come true,” said Exchange General Manager Michael Brennan. “Sweepstakes like these let our Warfighters and their families know that their hard work and sacrifices are greatly appreciated.”

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