Ronnie Schooler, Scranton; David Hafenstein, Osage City; and Al Bogren, Burlingame, were winners in the first week of the Christmas on Us contest.

OSAGE CITY—The first three winners in the Christmas on Us promotion brought their winning tickets to The Osage County Herald-Chronicle office this week to pick up $50 in scrip money to be spent at any of the participating businesses.

David Hafenstein, Osage City, claimed one of the four numbers hidden in last week’s advertisements. Hafenstein’s ticket was pulled from those collected at Osage Building Materials, in Osage City, and the number was hidden in the Wheat State Pizza, Overbrook, advertisement. Hafenstein said he would spend his winnings to buy a gift for his wife.

Al Bogren, Burlingame, was another winner, with his ticket pulled from those collected at Four Corners Steakhouse, Scranton, and the number was hidden in the Casey’s General Store, Burlingame, advertisement. Bogren said he would probably use his $50 in scrip money to buy groceries from one of the contest’s participants.

Ronnie Schooler, Scranton, was the third winner, picking up his winning ticket from Skip’s Thriftway, Carbondale. The winning number was located in an advertisement for R.J.’s Auction Service, Scranton. Schooler said he would likely spend the prize at the same place he obtained the ticket, Skip’s Thriftway.

The unclaimed number was on a ticket distributed by Casey’s General Store, Lyndon, and hidden in the Running with Scissors advertisement.

Seven $50 instant prizes remain up for grabs, in this, the second week of The Herald-Chronicle’s Christmas on Us promotion, as the countdown is underway for the grand prize drawing for two $1,000 prizes, and two $250 prizes, to be held 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at Osage City High School auditorium. Everyone is invited for donuts, coffee, hot chocolate served in the school cafeteria, and local entertainment will add to the holiday festivities.

See pages 7A, 8A and 9A of this week’s Herald-Chronicle to find hidden ticket numbers in the ads and a complete list of rules.

Through the Christmas on Us giveaway, Osage County merchants are making sure that shopping at home pays. Not only do shoppers save money, gas and frustration by shopping at home, they have a chance to win part of the $3,000 being given away in the contest.

For every $10 spent at participating merchants, shoppers get a ticket. Those who don’t buy, or who are just looking, can get a free ticket each week by stopping by The Herald-Chronicle’s office. No purchase is necessary to win.

You must be present at the grand prize drawing to win, and the scrip money is only good at participating merchants. It is simple to win but tough to decide where to spend the winnings with the 32 merchants participating in this exciting countywide contest.