While it wasn't exactly a close game, at least one person watching the Super Bowl thought it was a real nail biter.
That's because Amber (Cottle) Gill was waiting anxiously about the airing -- make that the possible airing -- of her commercial during one of the biggest viewing audiences.
It was all part of Frito-Lay's Doritos Crash the Super Bowl competition. The 1997 Antioch High grad and former Oakley resident was one of five finalists from a field of more than 5,400 contenders from Israel to Denmark to South Africa. The 30-second ad, "Cowboy Kid," was made for about $5,000 -- a small budget by entertainment standards. All five finalists attended the Super Bowl in New Jersey.
In the end, there were actually two winners -- Gill and "Ti me Machine" creator Ryan Anderson. Both were in suspense until they saw their commercials shown that day. "Time Machine" aired early in the game, while Gill's was at the end of the fourth quarter.
"I actually didn't believe it. I didn't think we were going to air," said Gill during her "Good Morning America" appearance on Monday. "It was at the very, very end of the game. I was shocked." Leading up to the Seahawks vs. Broncos championship match, Arizona's Anderson (28) garnered the most online votes, earning him a whopping $1 million.
"Cowboy Kid" was chosen as a top contender by a Doritos internal marketing team, putting Gill in the first runner-up spot, along with $50,000. The 34-year-old writer-producer made the fresh and funny ad with her husband, David. The couple lives in Southern California with their two sons.
In addition to the cash prizes, Gill and Anderson also won the chance to work with Marvel Studios on the set of the new film, "The Avengers: Age of Ultron." To see the winning ads, visit www.doritos.com
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To see the winning ads, visit www.doritos.com