Becky Shaw from Lakewood has won the $1,000 grand prize in the I Shop Crystal Lake Back to School Fall Gift Certificate Contest.
During the months of August through October, participants entered the contestby submitting at least $200 in receipts for purchases at Crystal Lake businesses. A totalof 31 winners received I Shop Crystal Lake Gift Certificates valued from $50 to $1,000,redeemable at any Crystal Lake business.
The city received 2,058 entries.
“I couldn’t believe it. I’m so happy,” Shaw said.
Ten second prize winners received $100 in gift certificates, and 20 third prize winners won$50.
Shaw entered the contest with receipts from purchases at local businesses including: Da Baffone Cucina Italiana, Target, and Sam’s Club.
“I do almost all of my shopping in Crystal Lake because of all the great businesses here in town,” said Shaw, who said she plans to use her prize winnings to buy a big screen TV for her family.
The city's gift certificate contests reward people for shopping locally as they take advantageof the many national and independent retailers and restaurants that make Crystal Lakethe premier shopping destination in McHenry County. Grand prize winner Shaw admittedthat the contest reminded her to visit Crystal Lake businesses every time she made achoice on where to shop, and she had “lots of receipts saved up for this contest.”
To promote shopping locally during the holiday season, the city's I Shop Crystal Lake Holiday Gift Certificate Contest is currently under way. The holiday contest will run throughJan. 31. For more information, visit www.iShopCL.com or call 815-356-3615.