Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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August 14, 2012

Newsopoly winner 'shocked' by $500 prize

EFFINGHAM —     Kristi Hall wasn’t thinking about the Effingham Daily News Newsopoly contest when she got the call she won.

    “I just gotten a renewal card for my subscription, so I thought it was that. It never crossed my mind,” she said.

    The news couldn’t have come at a better time.

    “It was my birthday,” she said of the Aug. 6 phone call. “I never thought I had a chance because so many people around here play it. I was really shocked.”

    The $500 grand prize also couldn’t been more needed for the disabled Beecher City resident, who lives on a fixed income.

    “It helps out a lot to supplement my food budget,” said Hall, adding she only receives $16 a month in food stamps.

    Hall also plans to use the money to pay for gas to drive to and from medical appointments.

    Hall has been unable to work since becoming disabled a decade ago following a neck surgery for stenosis, an abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal. Add to that herniated disks and diabetes, and Hall says just getting around is a struggle.

    “I use a walker. It’s hard for me to pick things up off the floor,” she said.

    Newsopoly was one thing she could do on her own without a lot of movement.

    “I just waited for the paper to come every evening,” she said.

    The contest also provided Hall, who had just moved to the area less than a year ago, an opportunity to get to know the area better.

    “I thought it was a good way to learn about the different businesses and what they have to offer.”

    Other winners in the Daily News Newsopoly contest were $100 winners Sharon Knaus, Ken Hardiek, Kent Hirtzel and Carl Schumacher; $25 winners Claire Sudkamp, John Swank, Kelsey Deters and Marissa Miller.

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