There have been a lot of official competitions being run by arcade developers lately and with those, winners to gather the prizes. First off is Silver Strike Bowling, which continues to hold competitions with monthly prize giveaways. According to IT, it shouldn’t be too hard to find an SSB09 in the US as there are 7,000 locations that have upgraded to the game since April (it is true that not all of those are arcades but many are bars but either way it’s attention for arcade games). In May they gave away a brand new Jeep (where the winner also got $300 in gas money, as pictured)and in June a $5,000 gift card to Bass Pro Shops. More details are in the press release below but I just wanted to take the time to point out that this is one thing that makes arcades great – friendly competitions with great prizes. Playing a competition with people over the internet is one thing but this is entirely different and better.
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New Jeep Wrangler and $5,000 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card Latest Mega-Prizes in Silver Strike Bowling Sweepstakes
(August 7, 2008 – Arlington Heights, IL) The latest winners in the hottest sweepstakes in America may come from different backgrounds and interests, but they have one thing in common: they love Silver Strike Bowling and the casual competition the game encourages.
“I haven’t played a lot of Silver Strike in the past,” said Jessica Marie Garrett, the May mega-winner of a brand new Jeep Wrangler valued at $23,000. “But I kept seeing all these people having fun playing and thought I’d give it a try. Now I play all the time!”
Garrett, a corrections officer from Hendersonville Tennessee, plays Silver Strike at Big Looy’s on Main Street. Big Looy’s operator, John Estridge of Southern Games, who added $300 in gas money for the winner, had nothing but praise for Silver Strike and the sweepstakes.
“Having a major sweepstakes winner is very exciting,” he said. “The look on Jessica’s face when she was handed the keys is something I’ll never forget. It feels great to be a part of this.”
Garrett beat the odds – and 1.7 million other entries – when her name was chosen.
“My dad always owned Jeeps,” Jessica said. “Now I’ve got one of my own. I still can’t believe it!”
June Winner – $5,000 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card
The June Silver Strike sweepstakes mega-winner was William Johnson of Durham North Carolina. Johnson, a real estate businessman who plays his games at Bralie’s Sports Bar in Durham, said he loves the game and plays a lot – 25-30 games a week.
“I play nearly everyday,” he said. “It’s a great way to compete and have fun. Winning the sweepstakes was unbelievable, but since it was my birthday, maybe I was just a little luckier than everyone else.”
Johnson’s entry was chosen from a pool of over 1.2 million entries.
Johnson said he planned to buy a new barbecue grill – with all the bells and whistles – with his gift card.
“I need a new grill and this gift card means I can buy the best there is. I can’t wait to go shopping!”
Bralie’s operators, Danny and Jack Allen of Allen Amusements in Hillsborough NC were on hand at the presentation.
“We’ve been in the business for 25 years,” said Danny Allen. “And this is one of the nicest things we’ve ever been a part of. When I presented the gift card to William, he and the location’s owners were truly appreciative.”
Operators are encouraged to upgrade their offline Silver Strikes to the online SSB Bowler’s Club to become a part of the fastest growing community in video games.
“The success of our recently completed SSB National Championship and our continuing sweepstakes program make Silver Strike Bowling the best value in coin-op,” said Don Pesceone, IT’s VP of sales. “Our player base is growing, and it’s evident in the cashbox. Combine consistent earnings with a fee of only a nickel a game, and it’s the perfect recipe for incredible ROI.”
For more information on Silver Strike Bowling operators are encouraged to visit IT’s websites at HYPERLINK “http://www.silverstrikebowling.com” www.silverstrikebowling.com and HYPERLINK “http://www.itsgames.com” www.itsgames.com or call the sales hotline at
800.262.0323 x 106.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!
Contact: Gary Colabuono
Director of Marketing
847.870.7027 X 192
Incredible Technologies 3333 N. Kennicott Ave. Arlington Heights, IL 60004 (847) 870-7027 Fax (847) 870-0120