The Sitko family of Blaine received a pleasant and unexpected surprise when they were informed that they would receive $5,200 worth of Cub Foods gift cards.
Cub Foods earlier this fall held an “I Love My Cub” contest in honor of its 44th anniversary. Those who wished to participate simply displayed an “I Love My Cub” window cling in their vehicles.
Cub Foods President Brian Audette said they did a similar promotion a few years ago.
At random points during the fall, Cub Food employees would watch out for the window clings and give out gift cards. Every one of these customers were automatically eligible for a chance to win $5,200 in gift cards, which amounts to $100 of free groceries a week for a full year.
“I can’t believe it was me considering how many probably entered into it,” said Gary Sitko, who used to shop at the Cub Foods by Northtown when he lived in Fridley over 30 years ago, but now shops at the Cub at the corner of 125th Avenue and Highway 65.
There were approximately 2,500 people entered into the grand prize drawing, according to Luke Friedrich, Cub Foods public relations. The two additional winners are from Duluth and Vadnais Heights.
Gary Sitko lives with his wife Carol and their daughter Carrie, who is quite familiar with the grocery business because she used to bag groceries at Bob’s Country Super Valu in Ramsey.
When asked if he planned to splurge on some nice seafood or steaks now that the family has so many free groceries coming, Gary said he likely would switch from frozen steaks to the fresh meat. He already had got away from clipping a lot of coupons because he usually forgot them at home, but he always uses the $5 off coupon when spending $50 or more.
There is no rush to spend all the 10 $500 gift cards and one $200 gift card they won. There is no expiration date.
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