The winner of the first 'Catch A Boat' sweepstakes on TakeMeFishing.org is Dawn Garlick of Plymouth, Ill., who was selected from more than 46,000 people from across the country to take home the grand prize. Garlick will receive a new boat, motor and trailer valued at $24,000.
"I screamed and did a little dance," said Garlick, who found out about her big win while up late one night reading e-mails. "I read the e-mail over and over because I thought it wasn't real. Once I realized it was real, I grabbed my husband and woke him up."
Garlick, an outdoors enthusiast who loves to garden and spend time with her children and grandchildren, found information about the contest online. She entered because she and her husband, who both enjoy fishing, have always wanted a boat of their own.
Sponsored by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), Catch A Boat - billed as The Ultimate Online Fishing Tournament - ran for seven weeks and was designed to encourage boating and fishing participation.