THE COLONY, Texas, Aug. 17, 2011 // GLOBE NEWSWIRE // -- "Get your sea legs ready!" That's what national chain Pizza Inn (Nasdaq:PZZI) told Ruston, LA-resident Eugene Pangilinan, when they showed up on his doorstep Friday, Aug. 12, to announce he had won a seven-day/six-night Caribbean cruise in Pizza Inn's national "Boatload of Fun" sweepstakes.
When Pangilinan answered and saw JoJo, the company icon, Pizza Inn employees and local franchise owner, Scot Brasuell, holding balloons and a pizza, he knew something big was happening. Pangilinan won the grand prize - a seven-day/six-night Caribbean cruise for four. And, his lucky news means boatloads of fun for the entire City of Ruston, too.
Now through the end of August, all residents are invited to "cruise over" to Pizza Inn at 1108 Cooktown Road, for a special carryout offer – one large pizza with one topping for $8.
"This is definitely the most unique delivery we've done," said Brasuell. "A Caribbean cruise and a Pizza Inn pizza – wow! It's exciting to have our grand prize winner in Ruston, and we've decided to celebrate with the community by offering a carryout special through the end of August."
Pizza Inn customers were invited to enter the sweepstakes via text message, online or by using their phone to scan the QR code. One entry per week was allowed during the contest, which ran May 30 through July 31.
"This is so exciting! I can't believe I won," said Pangilinan. "Thank you so much Pizza Inn."
Pangilinan and three guests have until Dec. 31, 2012 to take the seven-day/six-night Caribbean cruise, which includes all food and round-trip air transportation to and from port of departure.
"We are always looking for exciting ways to thank our loyal guests. Last year we gave away a trip to Italy and this year a Caribbean cruise," said Kendra Shier, Vice President of Marketing for Pizza Inn. "Just wait and see what we have in store for next year!"
Headquartered in the Dallas suburb of The Colony, TX, Pizza Inn, Inc., is an international pizza chain featuring traditional and specialty pizzas, as well as freshly made pastas, sandwiches, and desserts. Founded in 1958, publicly traded Pizza Inn (Nasdaq:PZZI) franchises approximately 300 restaurants and directly owns and operates five restaurants. More information is available at www.pizzainn.com.
Pizza Inn is seeking single- and multi-unit franchisees to help grow the company's network of restaurants in the region. More information on franchise opportunities with Pizza Inn is available at www.pizzainn.com or by contacting Dino Chavez, Director of Franchise Development, at (800) 284-3466.