'Totally a guess' pays off for Bracket Bucks winner
Patsy Taylor was the first-place winner of the Times-Gazette's Bracket Bucks contest. She won a Sony 40-inch flat panel TV from Kincaid Service Company, which sponsored the contest with the Times-Gazette. Her name will be inscribed on the permanent contest trophy.
"It was totally a guess," Taylor said. "I rarely watch any of those ball games." Her guesses were good ones, earning her 1,499 points (out of a possible 2,000) in the contest.
Her friend Gayle Gragg, who encouraged her to enter the Bracket Bucks contest, joked about sharing the television, Taylor said.
"I said, 'I can't cut this in half.' She said she'll come over to watch TV."
Carol Chilton was the second place winner, with 1,364 points, earning her a Holland Companion Grill, also from Kincaid Service Company.
Chilton said she plays the Bracket Bucks contest each year, relying on advice from boyfriend Devon Cleveland.
The contest asked participants to fill out a bracket for the NCAA men's basketball tournament, which was won by Villanova.
The national Bracket Bucks contest was won by Connie Cieker of Homerville, Ohio, who got 1,560 points.
In the VIP picks contest, which featured representatives of contest advertisers, Mark Kincaid of Kincaid Service Company was the winner, with 168 points (that contest was scored differently). However, Dr. William Russell barely missed winning; had North Carolina won the tournament, Russell would have vaulted past Kincaid in the point standings.
Max and Regina Oliver, owners of Quick Strike Pest Control, won the advertiser portion of the promotion.
Each advertiser had four randomly-drawn teams assigned to them. Villanova was one of those teams.
"We get great results from advertising in the Times-Gazette anyway," Regina said. "What a bonus to win a full page too!"
The Times-Gazette thanks all of the players, sponsors and advertisers who made the contest possible.