She’s got a golden ticket! Carmel Valley kid wins Geppetto’s contest

Seven-year old Abby Emory of Carmel Valley was the winner of the Geppetto’s “Golden Ticket” contest as part of the local toy shops’ 25th birthday celebration this year. Abby found her golden ticket inside a chocolate bar purchased at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center shop, winning a once-in-a- lifetime adventure to Toy Fair 2018 in New York. The special prize included two round-trip air tickets, hotel for two nights in New York City and $500 spending cash.

Abby will be a VIP at the Toy Fair and get to cut the ribbon to open the Toy Fair, walk in the show parade and tour toy manufacturer displays with Geppetto’s owner Brian Miller and the entire Miller family.

"Abby was totally shocked and beyond thrilled about finding the golden ticket in our candy bar,” said mom Meredith, who will be accompanying her daughter on the trip to New York. “She can't stop talking about it and tells everyone she sees all of the amazing details of her trip to New York. We are frequent Geppetto's shoppers and love the fantastic selection of toys for all ages, the friendly staff and convenience of having the store right in our neighborhood!”

The Miller family purchased a single toy store 25 years ago and has since expanded into the largest independent toy retailer in the country with nine locations in San Diego County, including shops at Flower Hill Promenade and Del Mar Highlands Town Center.

All proceeds from the sale of the chocolate bars during their birthday celebration went to support Rady Children’s Hospital.