EDWARDSVILLE — Menachem “Mendy” Majesky said his wife thought they might have won a big bag of beans.
It was more like a big bag of cabbage.
On Friday, it was obvious that Majesky is sure glad he and his family shop at Price Chopper for their groceries.
Standing in the flower department at the Edwardsville Price Chopper in the Narrows Shopping Center, the Majesky family was presented with a check — a $100,000 check — for winning one of the grand prizes in Price Chopper and Market 32’s Bags2Riches contest.
Majesky, 29, lives in Kingston with his wife and three sons. He said they really aren’t into entering contests, but this was one they really liked.
“Somebody called and left a message that we won something,” Majesky said, holding a giant replica of the actual check he was to receive. “I told my wife, and she said we probably won a bag of green beans or something.”
Majesky, who teaches at a rabbinical college in the Poconos, said he isn’t sure what he will do with the six-figure winnings.
“I think we will see a financial adviser,” he said, with the aroma of flowers all around him. “But with Mother’s Day coming up, I think I’ll just hand it over to my wife.”
Representing Price Chopper was Glen Bradley, group vice president of marketing and advertising, and Trevor Sulcoski, store manager.
Bradley said the contest was held in 136 Price Chopper stores in six states with one $100,000 winner. He said participants could win anything from a free doughnut or bagel, to money off higher-priced food items. Bradley said this was the first time a grand prize winner was from a Pennsylvania store in the six years of the contest. Other top prizes have been a free car and free groceries for a year.
Bradley explained the rules of the game:
• For every $25 spent using an AdvantEdge card at any of the 136 Price Chopper and Market 32 stores located throughout the northeast, shoppers received one game ticket.
• There were three ways to win — the first, one in every four tickets was an instant winner and revealed a prize; the second, some tickets revealed a special PIN that could be registered online to win; and the third way to win was to collect related stickers within a specific category.
• Prizes included cash awards of up to $1 million, a new Cadillac XT5 SUV, a kitchen makeover, a luxury cruise, a hot tub, free groceries for a year, free gas for a year, Price Chopper and Market 32 gift cards, or free/discounted food prizes.
The Bags2Riches Giveaway ran through March 25; more than $6 million in prizes and discounts were available.
Asked if there will be another contest starting soon, Bradley said, “We will have to wait and see.”
Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.