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.
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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