Richard Linnert, 68, who bought his Baldwin home from his aunt in 1998, said he initially used the old fridge for beverages, but decided recently to recycle it through a program co-sponsored by Duquesne Light, Sears, JACO Environmental and other electric utilities in the state, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Wednesday.
The program looked through the 18,360 appliances recycled during the program and awarded Linnert's old fridge the distinction of "Pennsylvania's Oldest Refrigerator," which earned him the gift card prize.
Linnert said he had no idea the fridge was so old and he would have been happy to settle for the $35 given to anyone who recycled their appliances through the program, which was aimed at encouraging people to replace inefficient refrigerators.
Linnert said he plans to spend his winnings on a flat-screen TV and a new phone.
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