MS Development Authority sweepstakes winners visit Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Missouri couple who won a sweepstakes sponsored by the Mississippi Development Authority and Toyota toured Hattiesburg Wednesday as part of their winnings.

Jenny and Jim McIntire won a new Toyota Corolla and an 11 day tour of Mississippi in the online contest. Jenny says she was bored one morning and goggled car sweepstakes and found about 60 different contests. She says she filled out about forty entry's and two weeks later found out she was the winner of the Corolla and vacation.

They took delivery of their new vehicle in Jackson and took off on their guided tour of the state. Wednesday they were given a guided tour on a trolley through Hattiesburg where they saw many sites to include the zoo, the Saenger Theater, the Smithsonian Exhibit at the train depot, and the African America Museum.

"We have just had a ball. It's been a lot of fun. It's been a wonderful drive," said Jenny McIntire. "We keep pinching ourselves because it just doesn't seem like it's really happening. We have had a fabulous time in Mississippi. I think that we'll probably end up coming back this way because there is just so much more to see."

The McIntire's finished their tour of the city with lunch at the Purple Parrot Cafe and then headed south for two days of touring on the coast.

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