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Eden woman with missing piece wins $50K in Tops Monopoly

Cake was passed and a bouquet of flowers was handed to Jessica Clark, of Eden, on Wednesday, July 3 at the TOPS Market on South Park Avenue. Clark is the winner of the $50,000 Home Makeover grand prize of the ever popular TOPs Monopoly game.

The game is simple. Shoppers receive pieces each time they shop; the more often you frequent, the more pieces you receive, thus a higher chance of winning. The prizes range from large cash prizes to coupons off store items. Each piece is designated with a particular brand of food.

It was an average day; Clark was with her young daughter, Ciara, and was opening their pieces. They needed the Nature Valley Granola Bar piece and the Hamburger Helper piece.

With help from her mother, Ciara opened a piece and found the Hamburger Helper logo.

“All we need is this granola bar one...the very next one,” said Clark. She called her husband immediately, screaming and crying. Before she could finish telling him the news, the phone cut out. He called back worried something happened to their daughter.

The family played together from the beginning of gameplay on April 15. It was family bonding time for the Clarks. She was presented with a large, oversized check.

“Is all the money packed into here?” daughter Ciara said.

Amongst the laughter and the bustle of shoppers doing their grocery errands, Ciara and her brother, Liam, fought over who’s turn it was to hold the check.

What to do with so much money? Clark explained their practical plans hoping to do some home improvement; but with all practicality comes a little luxury and with that she is considering getting a jacuzzi.

Andy Brocato, director of Community Relations, brought Ciara over to the lottery machine, hoping her good fortune would rub off. After scratching to reveal the numbers, it appeared to be true.

“She is lucky. I won a buck!” yelled Brocato.

No matter whether a prize is as large as a four-foot $50,000 check, or as small as a square scratch-off lottery ticket, everyone needs a little luck. Thanks to TOPS, they hit the jackpot.


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