9:48pm PT by Aaron Couch
'Breaking Bad': Aaron Paul's Finale Charity Contest Adds Extra Winners After Complaints
A few more fans will get to attend Aaron Paul's Breaking Bad finale screening Sunday after the fundraising company behind the contest discovered a glitch in its drawing.
Paul helped raise $1.8 million for his wife Lauren Parsekian's anti-bulling nonprofit, The Kind Campaign, by giving donors to his Omaze.com contest the opportunity to win a trip as his personal guest to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery screening of the Breaking Bad finale.
The contest ended Wednesday, and winners were chosen Friday. But Omaze discovered about two dozen people who donated actually hadn't been entered in the drawing due to a technical glitch. (The discovery was made after several donors complained to Omaze that they were not among those listed as being entered in the drawing.) Omaze swiftly contacted Paul to see if it would be OK to give out more prizes. His answer? "Absolutely."
The fundraising company chalks up the glitch to having its system overloaded by the large amount of donations in the final two days. Omaze had been projecting the contest would top out at about $750,000, but an unprecedented $1 million more came in during the final 48 hours of the contest.
"We're going to fortify our whole system. It's kind of growing pains," Omaze co-founder Matt Pohlson tells The Hollywood Reporter. "We've already hired on an additional tech team to address this to make sure it doesn't happen again."
Omaze already has notified the one additional grand prize winner, who will be Paul's personal guest to the premiere and will ride in the show's RV with him and Bryan Cranston. There will also be four more second prize winners, who will get flights to LA and general admission tickets to the finale, and 10 more third prize winners, who will receive Breaking Bad hazmat suits.
The finale screening will be attended by the show's cast and creator Vince Gilligan.
Breaking Bad's series finale airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC. The episode will be 75-minutes long with commercials.