Don't doubt how important reading the fine print can be. Florida travel insurance company Squaremouth, says Georgia high school teacher Donelane Andrews has been awarded $10,000 for reading the fine print in a policy she recently purchased. The company says it launched the secret contest on February 11th, and buried in the fine print was the promise of $10,000 for the first person to send an email to a specific address. Andrews emailed 23 hours after the contest launched. Squaremouth planned to give the money to charity if no one read the "pay to read" notice. Andrews says she makes a point to read the fine print.
The company had started the contest a day earlier, and in that time had sent out 73 policies to different customers who had purchased them, the company said. Andrews was the first one to email. Her friends and family were not shocked that she won.
“Most of the comments from people who know me have been, ‘that doesn’t surprise me at all, you’re that kind of person,’ ” Andrews said. “Particularly in my family, I’m the one who gets things straight.”