(T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)
Cindy Warren, the owner of a hair salon in Shelbyville, had her entry ready to turn in when she decided to look over the special contest edition one final time. This proved to be a smart move for Warren, as she discovered one more hidden logo, capturing the correct number (12) and winning the $500 cash prize.
Her name was randomly drawn Monday out of 311 people who submitted the correct number on their entry form.
Warren is a regular game player, but she said she's never won anything before.
She said she had to give her husband credit for turning in the entry form.
"He had brought the (Big Event advertising supplement) to me and said, 'Here, you like this stuff,'" she said, admitting she had no idea there was a prize attached to the contest. "I'd look through the section and lay it down on the coffee table and then come back and look through it again."
When her husband was ready to head to town to drop the entry off at the T-G he asked if she was sure she was finished and that's when she looked through it one final time, and found one more logo.
"All I saw in the paper was the Big Event logo, so I still had no idea there was a prize, and I didn't even know if he was really going to drop the entry off," she laughed. "I look through the Tennessee Magazine all the time and look for the flags, but I never enter their contest either."
Warren was taken by surprise when she received the call she'd won.
"My husband and I work next to each other and after I got the call he walked by and I tried to tell him but he got busy and said, 'hold on just a minute,'" she said. "Then I told him and he said, wow, 'God is good!' and I said, yes, he is!"
Warren plans to use the money to pay off a credit card she used during Christmas.
"We always spend way too much during Christmas," she said. "Everyone, after Christmas, needs $500!"
Jones spoke to the level of difficulty of this year's contest.
"The first two entries drawn out had the wrong answer," he said, "so I think that alone shows how hard it was this year."
The fun and engaging contest, which required readers to search for logos hidden throughout a special advertising supplement published Dec. 27, is one of the largest held by the newspaper each year, proving to be a great vehicle for advertisers and readers alike.