Lankan woman in US wins car by kissing it

2017-04-20 15:43:11

A 30-year-old Austin woman won a new car on Wednesday by keeping her lips locked on it for 50 hours.

Dilini Jayasuriya got the keys to a 2017 Kia Optima LX after winning a drawing that included the six other people who had finished the “Kiss a Kia” contest held by 96.7 KISS FM radio at Southwest Kia in Round Rock.

Jayasuriya, who is married and works in a state health lab, is a native of Sri Lanka. She said she and her husband were sharing one car since she had to give up on her 1998 Toyota Camry because it broke down too much.

Her husband, Ashan Panagoda, was at Southwest Kia Round Rock on Wednesday morning when she won the car. She called out to him, “I want to go to the beach,” before he gave her a big hug.

Jayasuriya said she was surprised to win. There were times she felt like giving up during the contest, she said. “I had a couple of freak-out moments like something was in my eye,” she said. She said she would then tell herself she could keep going.

The car Jayasuriya won is worth $23,108.

The other six finalists who had kept their lips pressed to two cars on and off since 7 a.m. Monday won a variety of prizes, including Austin City Limits passes and tickets to Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and the Chainsmokers.

The competition started with 20 contestants but most never made it to the end because they took their lips off the cars they were kissing, either because they fell asleep, got distracted or just wanted to leave.

The contestants had a 10-minute break every hour. They also were required to rotate around the cars they were kissing and had to spend time sitting and standing.

August Kostroun, a 36-year-old draftsman and designer from Round Rock, was one of the finalists. He said the friends and family who texted him during the contest helped him last until the very end. The hardest part was when it was his turn to sit down, he said, because he would lose circulation in his legs and get cramps.

The event drew national attention and part of it was filmed by ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America.”

About 150 people initially entered the contest but a drawing narrowed that down to the 20 people who competed.
Anne Hudson, an on-air personality for the radio station, said she was not surprised that seven people lasted the full 50 hours. “They were determined,” she said. (


  Comments - 20

  • Shihan Thursday, 20 April 2017 16:04

    A proud moment for all Sri Lankans.. via DM iOS App

    Reply : 32       13

    lal Thursday, 20 April 2017 17:18

    people here will kiss a car till death so they can carry it to the grave

    Reply : 5       41

    ANTON Thursday, 20 April 2017 16:12


    Reply : 7       44

    Don Thursday, 20 April 2017 16:41

    Good determination. samma vaayaama.

    Reply : 8       17

    Eranda Thursday, 20 April 2017 20:12

    Please do not get thingds mixed DON.... be careful when using words.Thank you

    Reply : 9       11

    Aweej Thursday, 20 April 2017 16:52

    What a shame ! kISSING FOR MONEY

    Reply : 32       16

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 20 April 2017 17:14

    She just won a contest that estimates her ability on this activity of keeping her mouth smooched to the body of a car at US$ 462 per hour. Get a life honey, you don't have to be so desperate.

    Reply : 19       13

    damithw Thursday, 20 April 2017 17:14

    We should than for sri lankan culture... 1. Our girls are good at kissing , and keep kissing2. Also , thanks to culture , as virginity should be protected until the marriage, they have only one option, just kissing

    Reply : 6       9

    Lankan Thursday, 20 April 2017 17:32

    Would do anything for free car!

    Reply : 3       16

    Rajitha Yapa Thursday, 20 April 2017 18:19

    Sri Lankan MPs' do this all the time........

    Reply : 1       26

    Ahmed Thursday, 20 April 2017 18:27

    the only thing lankans can do perfecty

    Reply : 3       13

    nick Thursday, 20 April 2017 18:31

    looks like a she someone who will do anything for money its a Shame to be a Sri Lankan when we hear such records via DM Android App

    Reply : 10       8

    Jay Jayasuriya Thursday, 20 April 2017 18:46

    So proud of you sis! Congratulations!!!

    Reply : 11       8

    Arnold Thursday, 20 April 2017 18:54


    Reply : 2       3

    Indian Man Thursday, 20 April 2017 19:57

    sri lankan good only in kissing. So the proved it finally

    Reply : 4       6

    rm Thursday, 20 April 2017 21:25

    shame on all who criticize her. we all do similar things in life may be not the way She did. congrats... via DM Android App

    Reply : 9       14

    Yeti Friday, 21 April 2017 08:28

    Must have been some kisser, eh?

    Reply : 0       9

    fact Saturday, 22 April 2017 16:53

    the best 50 hours her husband would have had, at peace... :)

    Reply : 1       4

    Niz Sunday, 23 April 2017 11:48

    Well done. Great achievement. Keep trying for more Guinness World Records with higher heights. You can do it.

    Reply : 0       2

    ron Wednesday, 26 April 2017 16:11

    very silly

    Reply : 1       0

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