The Idaho Potato Commission gave $10,000 to a 14-year-old from Davenport, Iowa, who won its Idaho Potato Harvest Game sweepstakes.

High school students wins $10,000 for playing a potato game

Courtesy Idaho Potato Commission

Reid Wiebler (left) and his principal, Chuck Elbert, of Assumption High School, pose with the Idaho Potato Commission's Spuddy Buddy Mascot after Wiebler won $10,000 from the commission in its Harvest Game sweepstakes.

Reid Wiebler keeps half the money and the other $5,000 goes to his school, Assumption Catholic High School.

To win the sweepstakes, which the commission started in September, Wiebler watched a video at the commission’s Web site in which Spuddy Buddy, the commission’s mascot, taught him about how an Idaho potato grows and gets to market. Then, Wiebler played a short memory game, in which he had to prove his learning from the video, to qualify for the sweepstakes.

“We know that consumers and schools alike are struggling during this weak economy and we wanted to give kids of all ages the opportunity to learn how America’s favorite potato is grown, as well as the chance to win a cash gift, something that everyone can use, especially around the holidays,” said Frank Muir, president and chief executive officer of the commission, in the release.