Q: What is the average number of entries received each month for Brower’s Blackout Bingo? How is the drawing held for the winning envelope? Is there a preferred envelope size for mailing entries?

The Grand Forks Herald's bingo game has proven quite popular over the years. And since the winner of the monthly game receives $500, it generates all sorts of questions.

The Herald receives approximately 2,500 entries each month. The entries are placed in a bin, from which one entry is randomly drawn. The Herald does not open the envelopes before drawing; therefore, if there are multiple bingo cards in a single envelope, the envelope is considered only one entry. Once the potential winner is drawn, a Herald representative opens the envelope and verifies that the card is filled out completely and is a winning entry. The winner is then contacted by phone; later, there is an ad in the Herald that announces the winner.

Regarding the size of the envelope, the Herald does not have a preference. Customers that turn in their entry at our drop box often do not even bother putting it in an envelope, and that's OK -- they still count as an entry.

All entries that are received by the deadline are put into the random drawing.

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Bingo forms can be found on the back of the Saturday comics section. Numbers are hidden in ads published throughout the week (Hint: numbers are found inside a dog bone).

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