Ready to fill up and drive

Friday, January 8, 2016
Dorothy Rowland holds $500 worth of Shell gift cards that were delivered to her after she won this year's Big Event contest. (T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)

Dorothy Rowland hasn't been able to drive during the last few weeks as she's been sick with the flu, but things are looking up .

As soon as she's fully recovered, she'll be headed straight to a Shell convenience store for a free tank of gas. In fact, she'll have many of those in the months to come.

Happy winner

Rowland, 80, of Shelbyville, is the first place winner of this year's "$1000 Big Event Gas Give-Away" promotion, sponsored by The Times-Gazette and Southern Energy / Serv N Go markets.

"I'm so happy!" she said upon receiving the call. "I've entered every contest you've ever had and I have never won anything in my life!"

The only reservation Rowland had about her winnings was how she could get to the newspaper to pick up her $500 worth of gift cards. No problem, the newspaper was happy to deliver the goods.

"I've been sick with the flu but I'm starting to feel better," she said. "I normally drive myself everywhere. As you can see, I have my own car out front."

Counting logos

Stanley Burks with his $300 worth of Shell gas cards. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)

The promotional contest appeared in a special section inside the Dec. 27 edition of the Times-Gazette. The object of the contest was for readers to count the number of "Big Event" logos on pages 2 through 31 of the section and include that number on the official entry form.

Nearly 800 readers entered this year's contest. The correct number for this year's contest was 17, and about 75 percent of entries had the correct number. Rowland said she studied the section about four times before turning in her entry.

First, second and third place winners were drawn randomly from among the correct entries. In addition to the $500 first place award, the second place winner received $300 worth of Shell gas cards and the third place winner $200 in Shell gas cards.


Eugene Harris, who says he and his wife Kathleen enjoy participating in T-G contests, was third place winner of $200 worth of Shell gas cards. Kathleen was a winner in a grocery contest last summer. (T-G Photo by David Melson)

Stanley Burks earned the second place prize and Eugene Harris was third.

"My wife and I get together on it," Harris said. "She was a winner in a contest last year. We really enjoy it."

Kathleen Harris was one of the winners in a T-G sponsored grocery giveaway.

The contest is fun for readers and also provides a great opportunity for advertisers, given how closely the special section will be examined by players looking for those logos.