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Updated Jan 6, 2014 - 11:02 am

Scottsdale man creates Doritos ad in hopes of winning $1 million

A Scottsdale man is going to the Super Bowl with the hopes of winning $1 million.

Ryan Andersen filmed his own Doritos commercial and has become one of five finalists in a Doritos competition to see which one will be aired during Super Bowl XLVII on February 2 and claim the $1 million prize.

Andersen's entry is called "Time Machine," and stars Ryan's son Gavin along with the family dog.

"My son lures a man who is eating Doritos into his front yard and cons him into a (cardboard) time machine box, and the guy believes him," Andersen said.

The boy tells the man that the time machine only works by putting a full bag of Doritos into a slot, which the man does. While the boy enjoys the Doritos outside, he shakes the box with his feet and uses a megaphone to help convince the man that he is actually traveling into the future.

Andersen appeared on KTAR's "Arizona's Morning News Weekend" show and told hosts Bob McClay and Stacey Brooks that the man is played by an actor from Los Angeles. A local Phoenix actor plays an old man in the ad.

Ryan said he got the idea for the ad while spending time with Gavin.

"We were actually watching ‘Back To The Future' and he asked me if I could make him a Time Machine," said Andersen. "Thinking to my childhood, I decided to make a refrigerator box one. As I was designing it, I was constantly thinking about ideas for making commercials, and it just kind of spawned from there."

Andersen, who currently works as a wedding photographer, has dreams of becoming a filmmaker.

Fan voting will decide which of the five finalists will win the competition. Ryan admits it will be a big payday. "First place is one million dollars, and I also get to work on the set of the new Avengers movie," he said. The second place winner also has his or her ad run in the Super Bowl, wins $50,000, and also gets to work on the movie."

All five finalists have already won $25,000 for making it to the finals. They will all sit in the Doritos suite during the Super Bowl in New York and will find out which one is the winner when they see the winning commercial air during the game.

All of the finalists' entries are posted at Doritos.com, where voting is also taking place.

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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