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Posted on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 10 a.m.

More than 12,000 people enter for a chance to win a total of $36,640 in free groceries

By Staff

In August 2011, launched a new Food & Grocery section featuring the latest grocery deals, recipes, news about the local food and beverage scene and interesting food articles from around the web.

And on Aug. 15, readers were invited to play the $30,000 Grocery Giveaway sweepstakes. The sweepstakes ended last night at 11:59 p.m.

Those who entered had the chance to win daily instant prizes of $10, $100 or $250 instant win grocery gift cards to their favorite grocery store, including Arbor Farms Market, Hiller’s, Polly’s Country Market, Meijer and Kroger.

Each day players entered, they received an additional entry into the random grand prize drawing for a $10,000 grocery gift card to their favorite grocery store. According to the USDA, that buys groceries for a whole year for the average family of four.

A total of 12,484 people registered, each playing an average of 20.4 times.

So far, all of the instant win prizes have been awarded. A total of 1,260 gift cards were awarded, amounting to $26,640 in instant win grocery gift cards to our local grocery stores.

There is just one more prize to go. One lucky winner will be randomly drawn to win the $10,000 grand prize grocery gift card. The drawing will take place today, but the potential winner will need to be verified by our third party promotions administrator before the winner can be announced.

We'll let you know if your name is drawn, and once we have a verified winner, we'll announce it here in the Food section.



Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 4:34 p.m.

who won?


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 10:42 p.m.

"all I got was a rock..." and a $10 Meijer gift card.

Marilyn K.

Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 9:01 p.m.

I was a lucky winner in this fun contest. The $10,000 would be fun to share with my daughters. Thanks for having the contest.


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 4:31 p.m.

I hope they contact the winner via a phone call since our email is not working quite right and the internet is not always reliable. It's a big prize and I would hate for someone to miss it due to communication problems. Has a winner been confirmed?


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 2:48 a.m.

I won $100 - didn't even realize that was one of the bigger prizes - and then gave the gift card to the giving tree at our church. I promised my kids that if I won the $10,000, I would give half to Faith in Action. Regardless, it was a fun contest. Thanks to and all the sponsors.


Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 6:12 p.m.

I played every day I could, as did my daughter, husband and a good friend. None of us won anything. Good to hear that people were actually winning. We were beginning to wonder...


Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 3:42 p.m.

I played every day. I did win a ten dollar gift card which was nice. Boy the thought of ten thousand worth of groceries from Hillers, is almost unimaginable. It would be great. Good Luck to everyone.


Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 3:40 p.m.

Played every single day with two different emails! Didn't win a single thing :(


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 4:02 a.m.

Rules? My girlfriend (2nd email) played. I could've played with 50 different e-mails... how would they be able to tell?


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 2:46 a.m.

I'm pretty sure playing with two different email accounts was against the rules....


Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 3:37 p.m.

I played every day and didn't win anything--my co-worker one twice! I'm hoping for all the marbles. . . wow, wouldn't that take a load off with five kids! Thanks for the opportunity


Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 3:38 p.m.



Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 3:36 p.m.

This is a wonderful contest! I would love to be the winner but good luck to all of us who are in the running..