ST. MARYS — Seventy-two people had the chance to walk away from Memorial High School with $10,000 Tuesday night as part of an annual promotion — in the end, a Wapakoneta resident cashed in on her 1.39 percent chance to take home the top prize.
The Evening Leader and Wapakoneta Daily News crowned the winner of the Dash for Cash promotion during a reverse raffle in the Performing Arts Center at Memorial High School. One-by-one, contestants collected their door prizes until only one was left standing.
“I was getting shaky,” Lois Lindeman told The Evening Leader after she was named the $10,000 winner. “I’m still shaking.”
Lindeman said as the names were called, she got more nervous at the prospect of winning.
As her name was called, Lindeman covered her mouth with her hands in excitement.
“I didn’t think I’d win,” Lindeman said. “I’ve never won anything this big in my life. I am still in shock, but I am happy to be in shock.”
The promotion paired advertisers with customers. Customers registered for the contest at a slew of local businesses that sponsored boxes for an opportunity at the money.
The reverse raffle awarded prizes donated by the sponsors to all the finalists, with the $10,000 going to the last name left in the hopper. Lindeman registered at Rick’s 501 Motors in Wapakoneta.
Lindeman, who held back tears of joy, said she was unsure of her exact plans for the money. However, she noted the arrival of a new family member could be a target.
“I have a new grandbaby coming here in a couple of months so that will help,” Lindeman said. “I guess I’ll spoil her.”
Lindeman said she planned to thank Rick’s 501 Motors for sponsoring an entry box.
Wapakoneta Daily News Publisher Deb Zwez said the promotion has several benefits for advertisers, as well as for readers of the newspapers.
“We like to provide opportunities for our advertisers to gain some traffic — and that’s what this is designed to do,” Zwez said.
“It gives advertisers an opportunity to welcome people into their stores and that way they perhaps they will gain some new customers. Our readers, who participate, may go into a store they’ve never been to before and see that’s a place they’d like to shop. So it’s kind of a win-win.”
This was the third time the newspapers teamed up to give away $10,000. In previous promotions, the newspapers have given away cars.
“Any time you give away money it’s pretty popular,” Zwez said. “We’ve given away cars in the past, but everyone can use cash.”