NOBLESVILLE, Ind (WISH) – A Noblesville woman is $1 million richer after winning a potato chip recipe competition, and she has her neighbor to thank.
Hailey Green created the Southern Biscuits and Gravy potato chip flavor for the Lay’s competition, WISH reports. Green was a named a finalist this summer, and on Wednesday, Lay’s announced her recipe won.
For the past couple months, Nancy Schulze has been glued to her computer, voting for her neighbor in the online competition.
Schulze told WISH she recognized it as an opportunity for the girl who grew up next door to win $1 million.
“My gut told me she was going to do it, but I didn’t want to get too excited,” Schulze said.
Green might actually be able to take more than $1 million home. The contest rules state she could either take the prize money or one percent of the chip’s net sales over the next year.
“What an awesome opportunity for a really great gal,” Schulze added. “She’s a hard working girl [who is] very personable, and this will change her life.”
On Wednesday, Green was in California promoting her creation. When she gets back, Schulze told WISH she’ll be waiting.
“I have one bag that I took the chips out of and I kept the wrapper, and I’m going to put it in my scrapbook,” Schulze said.
And then next year, Schulze hopes to make it two-for-two on her Noblesville block.
“It started my wheels turning,” Schulze said. “I have a flavor for next year, but I’m not going to tell you what it is.”
Lay’s said Green will be available for interviews on Thursday.