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Monday, 22 August 2011

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cignews8.22 Cigar news is today’s theme on, and it will cover a contest from Macanudo, a fun-filled festival coming up in California, and an upcoming nationwide fall tour for single malt and Scotch whisky fans.

Third Annual Macanudo Millionaire Contest

Macanudo is pairing up with Playboy to give cigar fans the chance to win one million with the Macanudo Millionaire Contest. Now in its third year, the contest will send the winning contestants and some of their closest friends on an all-expense paid trip to the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas for three days and two nights. Once there, the contestants and their guests will enjoy a VIP evening at the Playboy Club, which is the setting for a high-stakes round of poker. If the contestants or their guests end up with a straight flush or better, they will win the one million dollar grand prize. As an added bonus, those lucky enough to make it to Vegas will be hosted by Playboy Playmates Alison Waite (Miss May 2006), Shannon James (Miss May 2007), and Jennifer Pershing (Miss March 2009). Waite, the contest’s spokesperson, could very well serve as a good luck charm, as she previously was a case model on the show “Deal or No Deal” that awarded a player $1,000,000.


The contest is open until September 30, and you must be 21 years of age or older to participate. To enter, simply go to your favorite cigar shop in the United States and pick up a specially-marked four-pack that contains Macanudo 1968, Macanudo Café, Macanudo Cru Royale, and Macanudo Maduro cigars. Each four-pack will list details on entering the contest, which includes submitting a short essay describing your most memorable experience while smoking a Macanudo cigar. It could be your first time ever smoking a Macanudo, a special occasion, or anything else you can think of. If you make the essay juicy enough, you just might be on your way to Vegas with your friends to have the opportunity to pad your pockets. You can also enter the contest by simply visiting to submit your essay. The website has some current submissions to give you an idea of what they’re looking for, just in case you get writer’s block. No purchase is necessary.

Updates will be posted on the Macanudo Millionaire Contest’s Facebook and Twitter profiles. The grand prize winner will be selected on October 31, and the actual trip to Vegas will take place from November 4 to November 6, 2011.

Bill Chilian, director of marketing for General Cigar, which is Macanudo’s parent company, commented on the contest in the official press release: “With the excitement and buzz that was generated with the previous Macanudo Millionaire contests, we’re excited to reunite two iconic brands—Macanudo and Playboy—together for this year’s contest. The Macanudo lifestyle represents everything that this contest’s grand prize promises—luxury, sophistication and decadence. Factor in the chance to win a cool million dollars and we’re confident that the Macanudo Millionaire contest is a once in a lifetime opportunity that’s not to be missed.”

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