The Record had record participation in its annual $1,000,000 Instant Jackpot promotion this winter with the New York Lottery. There were 4,209 entries this year, up over 41 percent from last year and roughly 80 percent from two years ago.
This second chance promotion was tied to the New York Lottery's new $1,000,000 Instant Jackpot Instant Game ticket. It offered readers the opportunity to mail in a non-winning $1,000,000 Instant Jackpot ticket along with an official entry blank from The Record. Winners were chosen each week to win $1,000,000 Instant Jackpot Instant Game tickets. Four weekly drawings were held, and all non-winning weekly entries qualified for the grand prize drawing on March 12.
The grand prize winner was Clarence Skipp of Mechanicville, a The Record subscriber for many years. In addiiton to a check for $5,000, he received 100 scratch-off tickets because he is a subscriber.
Jim Collier, circulation director of The Record, and Jina Matthews and Yolanda Vega, New York Lottery personalities, awarded the winner his check today at The Record office in downtown Troy. A photo from the check ceremony will be published in The Record this weekend.