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Jelly Belly Founder to Give Away Candy Factory in Willy Wonka-Like Contest

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At the end of the book, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” we discover that Willy Wonka gives his entire factory and operation to a little boy selected from a pool of golden ticket winners.

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Now, real life is imitating art!

Jelly Belly founder David Klein has announced a golden ticket contest of his own in which one lucky winner will receive the key to a candy factory. Klein sold the Jelly Belly company in 1980, and now operates the Tricky Treasures company, which is hosting the contest, and runs Florida’s Candyman Kitchen candy stores. (So no, you won’t win a Jelly Belly factory!)

However, instead of discovering gold-plated chocolate bar wrappers, Klein says that the tickets will be hidden “in secret locations” all throughtout the country, with at least one ticket in each state.

Everyone who finds one will receive $5,000 but only one person will win the grand prize.

“The world needs this right now,” Klein says. “We have received thousands of comments from people who say this has come at such a perfect time.”

Another thing that Klein is doing differently is that contestants will be charged $50 to compete. That’ll get you clue that could you get closer to the ticket.

$50 dollars seems like a reasonable price to pay to possibly own your candy factory if you ask me.

Would you pay the $50 to play?

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