- Jayasuriya won KIA Optima LX after emerging winner in ‘Kiss a KIA’ contest
- Some 20 people participated in the bizarre contest for a chance to win the car
- She reportedly kissed the brand new car for 50 hours continuously
- The competition was sponsored by iHeart radio station 96.7 KISS FM
A 30-year-old woman from Austin, Texas, recently went home with a brand new 2017 KIA Optima LX after she kissed the sedan for a whopping 50 hours non-stop in a bizarre contest aimed at promoting the new machine.
Dilini Jayasuriya was declared winner after trouncing 19 other people who took part in the contest for a chance to drive home the cool car.
According to the rules of the game, the last person to be left kissing the car past 50 hours was to be declared the rightful winner.
The contestants had only 10 minutes break after every hour. They were to utilise these minutes to stretch their muscles, visit the washroom and take some refreshments. The remaining 50 minutes were to be spent smooching KIA, otherwise you had to be kicked out of the contest.
The contest was reportedly sponsored by iHeart radio station 96.7 KISS. By Monday, five out of the 20 contestants had either tapped out or got themselves disqualified for breaking the rules.
“Some left voluntarily, and some were called out because their lips came off the car. But generally, everyone had great spirits, even those who tapped out. They talked to us on their way home to some well-earned sleep,” says iHeart Media Director Zachary Wellsandt.
By Tuesday afternoon, the number of contestants had reduced to 11 as race to the finish line gathered momentum.
And when the 50 hours were finally up on Wednesday morning, only seven contestants were left with their lips on KIA. It was time to take the lips off, but only one of them could go home with the car.
The rules dictated that in the event of a tie, the winner’s name was to be drawn in a raffle. So that is what happened.
Jayasuriya was declared the winner. However, the runners up did not go home empty handed.
Watch video of the participants sweating it out in the 'Kiss a KIA' contest :
The things people can do for money ehn, only God can help them.
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