Jim Ullery, Scranton, pulls a winning ticket at the 2009 Christmas on Us Grand Prize Drawing. This year's drawing will be held inside at the Osage City school auditorium.

OSAGE CITY—The countdown is underway for The Herald-Chronicle’s Christmas On Us grand prize drawing for two $1,000 prizes, and two $250 prizes to be held 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18 in the Osage City High School auditorium. Hot chocolate, coffee and donuts will be served by the newspaper staff beginning at 8:15 a.m. in the school cafeteria, located at 515 Ellinwood, Osage City. The Santa Fe Trail Choraliers will entertain those in attendance during the drawing.

With no winners claiming instant prizes in the Christmas on Us promotion this week, there are five $50 prizes up for grabs before the grand prize drawing begins Saturday. See pages 3B, 4B and 5B of this week’s Herald-Chronicle to find hidden ticket numbers in the ads and a complete list of rules.

Unclaimed numbers included one from Lamont Hill, hidden in the NAPA of Osage City ad; one from Theel Plumbing, hidden in the Casey’s Scranton ad; another one from Harmon Dental, hidden in the Jim’s Garage ad; and a ticket from Furniture Loft, hidden in the Aunt Dee’s BP ad.

Instant prizes may be claimed at the newspaper office during business hours Thursday and Friday, and up until 9 a.m. Saturday Dec. 18 at the auditorium before the grand prize drawing begins.

Grand prize winners must be present at the drawing to win. Scrip money is only good at the 32 participating businesses.

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.