Selma woman wins $1,000

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Selma resident Geraldine Williams said she has never won anything in her life. So imagine her surprise Monday when Charles Hollar, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Calhoun Foods, presented her with a check for $1,000.

The only thing Williams did to receive the money was shop at the grocery store on Jeff Davis Avenue and fill-out a registration form for the Cash Give-A-Way.

Last week, ballots from all four Calhoun Foods stores across the state were sent to corporate headquarters in Montgomery for random selection.

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Eddie Barnes, store manager at the local Calhoun Foods, said the drawing produced three winners from each store and one overall winner.

As fate would have it, the once unlucky Williams finally received that long-awaited grand prize.

Of course, Barnes wasn’t the only person amazed by the results of the Cash Give-A-Way.

The realization of winning this large amount of money is slowly starting to sink in for Williams too.

Williams wasn’t the only customer to get a cash prize once the grocery store contest was over.

Area residents Charles Bonner and Latarsha Jones were also named as the first- and second-place winners for this district.

Bonner received a $500 check and Jones was given $300. The $200 third-place winner was not present when the money was distributed.

As for Bonner, he has plans to spend the cash on something nice for himself.

Williams said she is still unsure of what she is going to do with her prize money, but has plenty of time to find some good ideas.

Hollar says he spent most of yesterday traveling to the company’s stores handing out checks.

For those who missed out on their chance to win with this year’s Cash Give-A-Way, Barnes said the store will be holding their Bingo contest after the new year.