Mother-daughter duo Rosanna and Jean-Marie Bub had a long shopping list on Wednesday when they arrived at Tanger Outlets at the Arches in Deer Park.
Jean-Marie wanted an iPad, clothes from her favorite stores, Juicy Couture and Betsey Johnson, and a Father’s Day gift for her dad from Neiman Marcus. Rosanna wanted to buy some furniture.
But before they started to shop, their hands were already full -- with a giant, $10,000 gift card to the outlet center that Rosanna won in honor of Tanger Outlet Center’s 30th anniversary.
“It’s heavy,” Jean-Marie, 11, said before she and her mom took the prop to their car and continued shopping with her real prize money.
As Tanger hit that milestone this year, it gave away a $30,000 in gift cards to three lucky customers. There are 34 centers across the United States, and a raffle was held at each one in May. Three winners were chosen to each receive a $10,000 shopping spree.
Vanessa Mitton, assistant general manager for Tanger Outlets at the Arches, said the other two winners were chosen from outlet centers in North Carolina and Texas. She said everyone at the Deer Park outlets was excited that Rosanna Bub, who is from Deer Park, won the shopping spree.
Rosanna Bub, 47, said she and Jean-Marie are at the outlets every weekend, whether they are shopping, eating out or just walking around. She said when she received the phone call about two weeks ago that she had won, she was in shock.
“I thought it was a prank call,” she said. “I was just so excited, I couldn’t believe it.”
She said she hoped to find a nice gift for her husband, a driver for UPS, and furniture. She planned to spend the rest on Jean-Marie, who convinced her to enter the sweepstakes when they were shopping at Tanger on Mother’s Day.
Rosanna Bub said she’s never won anything before and didn’t have much confidence when she folded up her entry form and dropped it into the sweepstakes box. But she listened to her daughter, who assured her, "I know you’re going to win."
Photo: Rosanna Bub, of Deer Park, and her daughter, Jean-Marie Bub, 11, show a $10,000 gift card won in a drawing at the Tanger Outlets at the Arches in Deer Park. The drawing was to celebrate the mall chain's 30th anniversary. (June 8, 2011)