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Father Thomas Rozman had been playing THE GAME OF LIFE Collect and Win Game, shopping at Rite Aid and collecting tickets to try to win prizes such as a $250,000 mortgage or G37 Infinity convertible.

But the winning tickets he eventually received didn’t come from shopping at Rite Aid. They came through the mail with an anonymous letter that read: “Dear Father, I wanted to say thank you to the church. For so long it has been there for me and my family when we needed it…Here is a $25,000 [kitchen makeover] winner that the church can claim and hopefully help others in the future.”

game of life“I have no idea who it was,” says Rozman, pastor of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Harrisburg, Pa. “It was post-marked from Philadelphia and signed ‘Love, A. Friend.’”

The kitchen makeover at St. Patrick’s Cathedral was one of more than 78,000 prizes claimed through Rite Aid’s THE GAME OF LIFE promotion held in January and February. Customers and associates could play and win prizes instantly or by collecting all of the tickets for a corresponding prize.

And it appears the place to be to win other big prizes was Baton Rouge, La. Two customers there won G37 Infinity convertible. One winner is a loyal pharmacy patient of store #7318. Just six miles away atstore #7324, a 19-year-old college student also won a convertible (he opted to take the $50,000 cash).

“It was pretty neat that he won the car because his family lives right down the street and they have been shopping here for many years,” says Percy Johnson, manager of store #7324. “He says he plays a lot of contests and games like this, and wins a lot of them, too.”

The same could not be said about Elizabeth Tyre, cashier at store #129 in Newark, Del. She has played a lot of games such as Rite Aid’s THE GAME OF LIFE but hasn’t had too much luck…until now. Tyre was one of three Rite Aid associates to win $5,000.

“I was quite surprised when I found out that associates could play too,” Tyre says. “I thought that was fantastic.”

She says some customers would make comments that “nobody ever wins those games. I could look them right in the eye and tell them that that wasn’t true because I won $5,000. I would tell them, ‘Hey, you could win too,’ and they would be very positive after that and even shop more.”