Senior Wins Unexpected Graduation Gift Worth $40,000

May. 7, 2010 By Jenna Bartlo

Less than six weeks away from graduation, Biola University senior Tatiana Omran attended a live taping of a local talk show and won the largest prize ever given away on the show – a trip around the world for four people and $12,500 totaling nearly $40,000.

Not much was required to win the Willy Wonka Golden ticket prize, sponsored by Nestle Corporation. After answering questions quicker than her opponent on simple world history and social media, the communication and Spanish major was deemed the winner of the grand prize.

Overjoyed, Omran stood in disbelief on national television when she was chosen as the winner. Blessings come in different forms for Omran, as this prize overshadowed a tough final semester of 18 upper division units in order to graduate on May 29.

“I have 18 units and am really not letting senioritis conquer me….it’s been difficult, but it’s necessary,” said Omran. “I don’t know how else to describe this, except for it’s a blessing from God. I’m very grateful and I’m not taking it for granted.”

Omran is making this the perfect opportunity for her to explore and possibly hone her interests following her graduation before she begins her career.

“There are options and opportunities from this that have opened up to me now,” she said. “It’s the perfect time and I couldn’t have asked for anything better right now.” 


Biola University is a private Christian university located in Southern California on the border of Los Angeles and Orange counties in the city of La Mirada. For over 100 years, Biola has remained committed to its biblical foundation, integrating biblical principles with every academic program. U.S. News & World Report recognizes Biola as a “National University,” which is considered the “major leagues” of higher education. In addition to its focus on intentional spiritual development and career preparation, Biola offers a unique academic environment where all faculty, staff and students are professing Christians. With over 145 academic programs in six schools, Biola offers degrees ranging from B.A. to Ph.D. For more information, visit or call (562) 777 – 4061.


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