Publisher Catherine Faimon and Cindy Droege, Burlingame, confirm
the winning ticket in the first of two $1,000 prizes awarded at
the Chrismas on Us giveaway Saturday in Osage City.
Catherine Faimon | Publisher
OSAGE CITY — Seven people who shopped in Osage County received
extra cash totaling $2,650 Saturday morning, during the Fourth Annual
Christmas on Us grand prize drawing in Osage City.
Walking away with the two $1,000 grand prizes were Jason Jendrysik,
Osage City, and Cindy Harris, Burlingame, who will split the $1,000
in half and give $500 to Christi Droege, also of Burlingame. The
women pooled their tickets and had decided to share the winnings
prior to the drawing Saturday.
Jim Ullery, of Jim’s Garage, Scranton, drew Harris’
ticket, which was the third ticket pulled during the first $1,000
drawing. Harris had received the winning ticket from Casey’s
General Store in Burlingame. She said she will likely spend part
of her winnings on groceries.
“I’m shaking like a leaf!” she exclaimed, when
asked how it felt to win $1,000. “This is fabulous! I am glad
Jendrysik’s winning ticket, the second of the $1,000 prizes
to be given away, was drawn by Willie Atchison, Osage City, owner
of Ace Hardware and one of the 32 sponsors of the Christmas on Us
contest. Atchison drew tickets from the hopper in last year’s
contest, too, but pulled the ticket of someone in the crowd after
nine other tickets had gone unclaimed. This year, he had a winner
on the first try. Jendrysik’s winning ticket came from Jerry’s
“I’m surprised,” Jendrysik said, after claiming
his prize. “I never won before.”
He plans to spend the scrip money at several of the participating
When asked what he thought of the Christmas on Us contest, he said,
“This was cool to attend. I usually go out of town. I’m
glad it was inside.”
An estimated 600 people gathered in the Osage City Schools auditorium
Saturday morning, for a chance to win two $1,000 prizes, two $250
prizes and three $50 instant winner prizes, all in the form of scrip
money which can only be spent at the 32 participating businesses.
The Osage County Herald-Chronicle staff served donuts, coffee and
hot chocolate to those who attended the morning giveaway.
Attendees were entertained by the Santa Fe Trail Choraliers select
choir, under the direction of Lori Jarrett. They sang Christmas
classics prior to the giveaway, and drew laughter from the crowd
near the end of the event, when they played the theme song from
“Jeopardy” using plastic kazoos.
During the four-week promotion, there were 10 $50 prizes available
to give away, which required shoppers to search for their ticket
numbers in advertisements found in The Herald-Chronicle. By matching
their ticket numbers with those hidden in the ads, shoppers could
claim $50 in scrip money at The Herald-Chronicle office by Monday
Seven of the 10 instant prizes were claimed prior to Saturday’s
drawing, which left three to be given away at the drawing. The grand
prize drawing began by pulling tickets from the spinner for the
three unclaimed $50 prizes. Tickets drawn for the $50 prizes belonged
to Sherry Smith, of Osage City, Melanie Dicks-Pritchard, of Reading,
and Tracy Masters, of Burlingame. Jan Ogleby, Barb Prost and Kendra
Harnden, all staff at The Herald-Chronicle, drew the $50 prizes.
Smith received her winning ticket from Osage Building Materials.
She thought she’d spend her prize on groceries, gas or something
Dicks-Pritchard claimed her $50 prize after her ticket was drawn.
Two previous tickets went unclaimed. She received her ticket from
Jerry’s Thriftway, and thought she’d spend her winnings
The final $50 prize was claimed by Masters after eight previous
tickets went unclaimed. She received her ticket from Jerry’s
Thriftway, in Osage City, and was excited about purchasing “free
Christmas dinner” with it.
Next, Laura Ward, manager of Casey’s General Store, Carbondale,
drew a winning $250 ticket on her first attempt, held by Patrick
Kuney, Carbondale. Kuney received the ticket after making a purchase
at RJ’s Auction Service, one of the 32 sponsors of the contest.
“It feels pretty good,” Kuney said, when asked how it
felt to win $250. “It’s a good deal.” Kuney wasn’t
sure at the time what he would buy with his prize.
Ward repeated the process again for the second $250 drawing, reading
off a white ticket belonging to Gail Lohmeyer, of Osage City. Lohmeyer
said the winning ticket belonged to her daughter, Becky Siljenberg,
who could not be at the drawing. “I will give the $250 to
my daughter to spend,” Lohmeyer said. The winning ticket came
from Osage Hardware, Osage City.
During this year’s contest, there were more than 107,000 tickets
given away, which translates to participants spending approximately
$1,070,000 for merchandise and services. The number of tickets distributed
this year was down some from last year’s contest.
“This promotion encourages people to spend their money locally,
and then rewards the ones that do,” said Chris Faimon, co-publisher
of The Herald-Chronicle. “It also rewards the participating
businesses, since the scrip money can only be spent at the businesses
who sponsor it.”
Faimon said winners must spend the scrip money by March 31, 2011,
and participating sponsors should return the scrip dollars to The
Herald-Chronicle for reimbursement.
Two ticket holders claimed $50 instant prizes during the fourth
and final week of the contest. Kris Britschge, Osage City, received
her winning ticket at Feltner Floors and Furniture, Lyndon, and
found the number hidden in the Jim’s Garage ad. She said she
would use the prize money to buy gas and groceries.
Jim Harrelson, Osage City, received his winning ticket from T-N-T,
Osage City. The ticket number was printed in the Buzzard’s
Pizza ad. He said he would spend the money on Community Covenant
Three tickets were not claimed last week: a ticket from Casey’s
Overbrook, hidden in the Gibson Pharmacy ad; a ticket from Osage
Hardware, hidden in the Casey’s Carbondale ad; and a ticket
from Trinkets ‘N Treasures, hidden in the Skip’s Thriftway
Previous instant winners of $50 scrip money were: Week 1 –
David Hafenstein, Al Bogren; Week 2 – Charles S. Peterson,
Becky Lang; Week 3 – no winners; Week 4 – Kris Britschge,
Sponsors for this year’s Christmas on Us were: Casey’s
Burlingame, Casey’s Carbondale, Running With Scissors, Skip’s
Thriftway, Casey’s Lyndon, Feltner Floors and Furniture, Lamont
Hill, Lyndon Building Materials, Buzzard’s Pizza in Lyndon
and Osage City, Trinkets ‘N Treasures;
Aunt Dee’s BP, Furniture Loft, Casey’s Osage City, Gibson
Pharmacy, Harmon Dental, Jerry’s Thriftway, McCoy’s
Radio Shack, NAPA of Osage City, Osage Building Materials, Osage
Hardware, Relaxation Station, Theel Plumbing, T-N-T;
Casey’s Overbrook, O’Bryhim’s Thriftway, Wheat
State Pizza, Santa Fe Trail Meats, 4-Corners Steakhouse, Casey’s
Scranton, D&D Tire, Jim’s Garage, RJ’s Auction Service.
Unclaimed winning tickets
Twenty tickets drawn at the Christmas on Us grand prize drawing
Saturday were not claimed. Since the winners had to be present to
win, more numbers were drawn. The unclaimed tickets listed here
belonged to shoppers who made purchases at the following sponsoring
5171825 (Casey’s Osage City)
5175687 (Casey’s Overbrook)
7155735 (Aunt Dee’s BP)
4743410 (Harmon Dental)
1167809 (O’Bryhim’s Thriftway)
9201893 (Jerry’s Thriftway)
1165639 (Skip’s Thriftway)
9204197 (Jerry’s Thriftway)
7590670 (Theel Plumbing)
6755679 (4 Corners Steakhouse)
7669966 (Osage Building Materials)
*These numbers are provided for information only. Numbers would
only have won if ticket holders were present at the drawing and
are no longer valid.