Long-time Co-op member wins grand prize
One lucky co-op shopper and Red Deer Advocate reader is $3,000 richer.
Gerald Gillett, a long time Red Deer Co-op member, won the grand prize, $3,000 in groceries.
If Gillett weren’t an Advocate subscriber the prize would have been $1,500 as prizes were doubled for subscribers.
“This is great,” said Gillett. “I’m not working right not and this is just going to be perfect. Keep me out of a tight spot.”
Frida Johnson won the second prize of $1,500 and Erna Teske won the third prize of $500. Both had their prizes doubled as well because they are subscribers to the Advocate.
The draw took place as 12 finalists were eligible, however not everyone showed up and no-shows were ineligible for a prize, at the downtown co-op plaza.
Gift bags were handed out to all but the last three contestants who eagerly awaited Fred Gorman, Red Deer Advocate publisher, to draw the grand prize winner.
“It’s great to have the co-op as a partner,” said Gorman. “They’re a great store.”
The contest, which started on Sept. 24, had entry boxes packed as each week two names were drawn for a prize of a $50 co-op gift card, $100 if the person was an Advocate subscriber.
Those two names then qualified for the grand prize draw, which took place on Nov. 10.
“We thought it was a great opportunity to partner up with the Advocate and it brings a lot of customers to our locations,” said Robinson. “It’s been very effective and it brings a lot of people out.”
This was the second year in a row the contest has been held, and a similar one was previously held in 2009.
“It was very successful this year,” said Robinson. “There were thousands and thousands of entries.”