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Vernal man wins 1 million airline miles

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Posted at 8:45 PM, Mar 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-09 23:10:25-05

VERNAL, Utah — A Vernal man is now a millionaire—if you count someone with a million airline miles a millionaire that is.

Tal Ehlers was the grand prize winner of a contest held last year by Red Lion Hotels. He now has one million airline miles to use on Alaska Airlines. A million miles are worth as many as 40 round-trip flights.

Ehlers said he was a little bit skeptical when he first got the call.

“You always look at these sweepstakes, and you wonder if people really win these things and apparently they do,” he said. “It was quite exciting to find that this came to our household, that we were fortunate to be the recipient of this particular prize.”

Ehlers said it’s exciting to not have to worry about airfare when it comes to traveling, and he and his family are already planning for their future vacations. So far they are thinking about trips to New York City and South America.