News Release
 September 19, 2012
CONTACT: Katie McKenna

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania, recently announced Mary Ellen Wasikowski of Amherst, NY as the winner of $250,000. Wasikowski won the grand prize as part of the company’s 50th Anniversary Monopoly Collect and Win “Golden Ticket” event.

New for this year’s Tops Monopoly Collect and Win Game was the introduction of a $250,000 guaranteed cash payout in conjunction with the company’s 50th anniversary taking place in 2012. 200 “golden tickets” were distributed with regular Tops Monopoly game tickets through the course of the game. 129 of the available 200 Golden Tickets were claimed, and each customer had a chance to unlock the grand prize safe and claim the $250,000 at the Golden Ticket event on Saturday, September 15 at the West Seneca, NY Tops Friendly Markets.

In its third year of play, Tops’ Monopoly Collect and Win game allowed customers to play every time they checked-out at a Tops Markets location. Prizes and money saving offers totaled $13 million, with top prizes including a $250,000 cash payout, up to five $50,000 cash payouts and up to five $10,000 college tuition payments. Other great prizes included multiples chances to win 50,000 Tops GasPoints, $5,000 cash payouts, LCD-HD TVs valued at $1,500, and Apple iPads®.

Customers played the 50th Anniversary Monopoly Collect and Win game by obtaining a free game board at any Tops Markets location, and upon checkout one game ticket was given automatically. Inside the game tickets were 4 prize-markers as well as instant win prizes or coupons. As customers collected prize-markers, they were placed on one of 14 individual games on the MONOPOLY prize board. A prize was awarded once one of any 14 individual games was complete. Customers had the opportunity to earn bonus game tickets by purchasing more than 2,000 specially marked products with Tops BonusPlus or throughout Tops Markets locations.

The Tops 50th Anniversary Monopoly Collect and Win Game ran April 22 through July 14.

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 133 full-service supermarkets – 127 company-owned and six franchise locations. With more than 14,000 associates, Tops is a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's website at


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