Barossa lads' win easy cash

Good mates Cal Lowke (Cowboy) and Jarryd McKinnon sit down to a cold beer at Stockwell Hotel to celebrate their $20,000 competition win.
Good mates Cal Lowke (Cowboy) and Jarryd McKinnon sit down to a cold beer at Stockwell Hotel to celebrate their $20,000 competition win.

With $10,000 easy cash ready to be dropped into their bank accounts and cold beers to celebrate, these Barossa lads say 2019 couldn’t have kicked off any better.

Jarryd McKinnon and mate Cal Lowke (aka Cowboy) were announced winners of an Adelaide radio station’s $20,000 Hearing Test competition after revealing the correct three answers over the phone early last week.

“First it was disbelief we had won and then we realised we were (each) $10,000 richer,” Jarryd said.

While the outcome has already become a urban legend at their local, Stockwell Hotel, the retold tale runs much deeper.

It was Jarryd who in fact revealed on air the final correct answer, yet in true mateship style had earlier agreed with Cowboy they would split the funds equally should he win. The WEMS engineering employees at Nuriootpa had tuned into the radio station on Tuesday, January 8, to discover a clue had been revealed to help solve a sound – the final piece to the competition.

Both were “pretty certain” the sound was a bonnet rod support and during their break tested that theory. It was later that afternoon when the radio station put out a call for the public to phone through that Jarryd jumped on his phone.

Yet both admitted to turning to Google to search for the station’s number.

“I eventually rang and it was engaged so I kept on ringing – 123 times to be exact,” he laughed.

“I then got through and thought what do I do now.”

He was then put on a short-list of callers and was told it was uncertain if he would make it on air.

However, Jarryd’s dialing persistence had payed off with the three correct answers given and plenty of cheering to follow.

Last Wednesday morning the fellas were greeted with a large cheque for $20,000 at their work by the radio station – much to the surprise of their boss who had no idea what had happened.

Putting the windfall down to first-time luck, Cowboy said, “we are keen to go for the $1million”, which is next up for grabs.