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"Woman wins $10,000 on Internet"

"By LIZ ABERGStaff writerLogging on to the Internet is a daily routine for Federal Way resident Ellen Cornwell that is paying off to the tune of $10,000.Cornwell, 27, was awarded a check from New York-based Internet company iwon.com. The website hosts free news, weather, e-mail and a search engine, similar to sites such as Yahoo! Cornwell registered with the 8-month-old company when she heard about it last fall. Cornwell says she's on the Internet all the time to fulfill her duties as a post-production assistant for a studio design firm. I have to be on the Internet all the time for work so I thought that I might as well use it, she said. I didn't ever really think that I'd win something.Cornwell's check came through registered mail on June 12, but she put off checking her mail that day to run errands and fix dinner for herself and two dogs. When she got around to looking at her mail that evening, Cornwell opened a large brown envelope. It contained an iwon.com T-shirt and a letter congratulating her for winning $10,000.I couldn't believe it, she said. I thought 'Hey, there's got to be something more to this, what's the catch.' But as as she read through the letter, Cornwell realized she had won iwon.com's daily $10,000 cash giveaway.It hit me right away and I started to get shaky and nervous, she said. I started jumping up and down and the dogs got excited too, they didn't know what was going on.Cornwell wanted to share the news with her husband, name, but an Army field training exercise has kept him out of town for two weeks.I can't get a hold of him, she said. He still doesn't know we won. Cornwell says she plans to invest the money at first, but hopes to eventually use it to travel, pay off her car or remodel her house.It's scenarios like Cornwell's that iwon.com founder and CEO Bill Daughtery likes to hear. It's really great because people win everyday on this website, Daughtery said. Daughtery says all winners are selected at random through an independent company that specializes in selecting on-line drawings.Though Daughtery wasn't able to disclose how many users the website hosts, he said iwon.com is the fifth most heavily trafficked Internet site.People know about us, he said. But we're also the best kept secret on the Internet."

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