News Release
 August 25, 2017
CONTACT: Kathy Romanowski

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts was pleased to announce Thursday, August 24, 2017 that it awarded its largest prize, FREE FOOD FOR LIFE, in the Monopoly Collect and Win to a Grand Island, NY resident. Larry K. was the lucky recipient of Free Food for Life after he participated in the 2017 TOPS Monopoly Collect and Win Game. Larry was presented with his prize during a Publishers Clearing House type of reveal when the TOPS representatives showed up on his doorstep, giant check in hand.

“I couldn’t believe I won,” said Larry. “I knew I was maybe one of a dozen or so people who had a shot, but never thought I’d actually win the big prize.”

Larry, a dedicated TOPS shopper, said he has been playing TOPS Monopoly faithfully since the games inception. “I’ve won other prizes along the way like free milk and other TOPS products, but nothing nearly of this significance.”

When Tops Friendly Markets unveiled that it was launching its eighth season of the wildly popular Monopoly® Collect and Win program in March, customers were eager to gather their game pieces for a chance to take home nearly $43 million dollars in prizes and money-saving coupons! To date, this is the largest prize package in TOPS history of the game with over 358,000 prizes awarded this year alone. While the game officially ended on June 17, 2017 TOPS awarded the largest prizes throughout the month of August.

Customers who played the TOPS Monopoly online game vied for a chance to win a wide variety of prizes ranging from $1 and $2 in Tops BonusBucks up to $10,000 cash, and even a Finger Lakes weekend getaway for four to six people along with a VIP Experience with Julie Taboulie. Julie, a central New York chef with inspiring Mediterranean and Lebanese food, is featured on her own public television show “Cooking with Julie Taboulie”. The Julie Taboulie VIP Experience prize was awarded to Jennifer B. of Rochester, NY earlier this month.

TOPS also offered a second chance sweepstakes opportunity inside thousands of game tickets. Lucky recipients could then mail in their entry for a chance to win a 2017 FIAT® 500C sponsored by Sparkling Ice. Every entry was another chance to win this amazing prize! The winner of the 2017 FIAT® 500C was unveiled last week, with Mary D. of East Aurora driving away with the prize!

TOPS Monopoly® Collect and Win allowed customers to play every time they checked-out at a Tops Friendly Markets location beginning March 26-June 17, 2017. Customers played the Monopoly® Collect and Win game by obtaining a free game board at any Tops Markets location; upon checkout, game tickets were provided. One game ticket was given for every purchase with a BonusPlus card, with additional tickets provided based on the purchase of more than 3,000 specially marked items in the store.

Inside each game ticket, customers received four game “markers” as pieces of one of the 19 opportunities within the game board. Customers collected the appropriate markers on the game board in order to complete the picture and win that prize. Additionally, within each ticket were also instant wins of cash, Tops gift cards, grocery products, and money-saving coupon offers. New this year from Shutterfly®, were chances to win personalized photo books and personalized, reusable shopping bags.

Other big prizes, with multiple winner in most, awarded this year in addition to the Free Food grand prizes were: • $50,000 home makeover • $25,000 culinary dream vacation • $10,000 kitchen remodel • $10,000 cash • $5,000 home recreation package • $2,000 free Tops gas for one year • $1,200 free pet food for one year • $1,000 Darien Lake, NY family vacation • $1,000 Tops gas/grocery gift card

Additional prizes and the associated winners can be found on our website at

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Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 173 full-service supermarkets with five additional by franchisees under the Tops banner. Tops employs more than 15,000 associates and is a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's website at


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