STAWELL - Kaye Ellen achieved every football fan's dream: a day out at the MCG on the last Saturday in September.
Mrs Ellen, from Wallaloo East, won 2013 The Stawell-Times News 'Top Tippa' competition and the prize was an all expenses paid AFL grand final experience with accommodation for two people, tickets to an AFL grand final function that includes food and beverages.
She took her husband Graeme along for the experience and said everything worked out 'fantastically.'
"Everything was done to the letter," Mrs Ellen said.
Mrs Ellen also won the chance to compete against another seven tippers for the chance to win $1,000,000.
Grand finalists each received 1000 'Bettabucks' to place on different aspects of the 2013 AFL grand final, which was played between Hawthorn and Fremantle.
The outcome of these tips, at the end of the AFL game, was the deciding factor of who would be the overall winner.
"I didn't do very well at that," Mrs Ellen said.
"The guy who picked the most tips, he got a one out of 200 chance to win $1,000,000, but he ended up with $5,000.
"All of us came home with $500 each, so we had a good weekend."
Top Tippa organisers met the winners at their accommodation and each grand finalist received their 'Bettabucks'.
A bus then ferried everyone to the football, and parked right outside the MCG.
"We didn't have to walk far," Mrs Ellen said.
The bus picked the winners up at the same spot and they were then treated to a dinner at B-Bar Docklands (Bob Steak and Chop House).
Mrs Ellen was very impressed with the experience, describing the meal as 'beautiful' and the atmosphere at the match between Hawks and Dockers as 'fantastic.'
"Overall, we really enjoyed it. The hospitality was great," she said.
"We were lucky (to be at the AFL grand final) and we appreciate it."
Mrs Ellen has written to Top Tippa to express her thanks and she said the company appreciated the feedback.
The 2013 winner will join the competition again in 2014 and urges others to join in the fun next year too.
"You just get a password and name and you're in. I recommend it," Mrs Ellen said.