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OSAGE CITY—Thirty businesses are joining The Osage County Herald-Chronicle to sponsor Christmas on Us, an exciting promotion that will award prizes totaling up to $3,000 to people who shop locally at participating businesses. As many as 14 people will win prizes in the contest, which is in its sixth year.

Customers of any Christmas on Us sponsor are eligible to receive one ticket for every $10 transaction, up to a $2,500 purchase. The tickets could be worth scrip money, if the ticket number is drawn during one of four weekly drawings, or during the grand prize drawing set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, inside the Osage City High School auditorium. Scrip money can be spent at any business participating in the Christmas on Us promotion. The contest kicked off Thursday, Nov. 15, with the introduction of businesses.

The first drawing for instant $50 prizes was held earlier this week. Winning numbers are printed within ads on pages 13-15 in this week’s edition. New tickets will be drawn each week and will appear in ads on Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. It will be up to ticket holders to search the ads for their numbers and claim their prize at The Herald-Chronicle office by noon Tuesday of the following week.

Christmas on Us will culminate with the grand prize drawing at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Osage City High School auditorium, where cookies served by newspaper staff. An estimated 600 people attended the grand prize drawing last year. The grand prize drawing will include drawings for any unclaimed $50 instant prizes, two $250 prizes and two $1,000 grand prizes. Scrip must be given to merchants at time of purchase, and expires March 31, 2013.

Approximately 107,000 tickets were given away in last year’s contest, which translates to more than $1,070,000 spent with Christmas on Us sponsors for merchandise and services at participating businesses throughout Osage County.

“The contest rewards people for spending their money locally,” said Chris Faimon, co-publisher of The Herald-Chronicle. “It also rewards the participating businesses, since the scrip money can only be spent at those businesses who signed on as sponsors.”

Businesses participating in Christmas on Us this year are Casey’s Gerneral Store in Burlingame; Casey’s General Store and Trembly Family Chiropractic in Carbondale; Dr. Kevin Lenahan, South Shore Animal Hospital, Sugar Pete Gift Boutique, Hanna’s Auto Repair, Feltner Floors & Furniture, Lyndon Building Materials and Casey’s General Store in Lyndon; Osage Building Materials, Artfully Quilted by Barbs, Inc., Osage Hardware, Buzzard’s Pizza, Harmon Dental, Aunt Dee’s BP, Jerry’s Thriftway, McCoy’s a Radio Shack Dealer, Gibson Truecare Pharmacy, Theel’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Relaxation Station, Furniture Loft and Casey’s General Store in Osage City; Casey’s General Store, Swisher Automotive, Santa Fe Trail Meats and Overbrook Family Dentistry in Overbrook; and Casey’s General Store, Jim’s Garage and D&D Tire Center, Inc., in Scranton.

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