It pays to read The Leader-Herald

Local man wins $500 in contest

Leader-Herald advertising director Steve Hansen, left, congratulates and presents a check to Thomas Gersak of 134 W. State St. Ext., Gloversvile, as the $500 winner of the newspaper's "Dog Days of Summer" Contest. The lucky winner was drawn at random from correct responses in which contestants had to find and count all the pawprints in The Leader-Herald's special Great Summer Giveaway section. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

GLOVERSVILLE — Thomas Gersak of West State Street is $500 richer after counting the correct number of paw prints in The Leader-Herald’s Dog Days of Summer special section. It was included in the Aug. 14 edition of the newspaper.

Gersak was one of 280 people who entered the contest and of 177 who knew the correct number of paw prints throughout the section — 44.

All entries had to be in the office by 5 p.m. on Aug. 29. His name was chosen in a random drawing of all winning entries.

“I was very surprised and very happy,” said Gersak, who has “already given half to [his] wife.”

Gersak, who is a subscriber to The Leader-Herald, said he counted the number of prints three times before filling out the entry form and bringing it into the office.

“I counted them the first time and came up with the correct number,” said Gersak. “And then I counted two more times and came up with the same number both times.”

Gersak said he saw the ad leading up to contest to watch for the special section in August.

“I saw the advertisement and purposely looked for [the special section].” said Gersak.

Steve Hansen, advertising director for The Leader-Herald, said the newspaper runs contests several times a year.

“The football contest starts Tuesday,” said Hansen.

In that contest, participants will need to correctly identify winning teams each week.

If an entrant correctly identifies the winners of the games, a random drawing will be held of all correct entries.

“The winner each week will get a $25 chamber check — or if they are a subscriber, they get $50,” said Hansen.

Chamber checks are redeemable at dozens of businesses in Fulton and Montgomery counties.

In mid-November running until just before Christmas, the paper will be holding its annual Great Gobbler Giveaway. In that contest, entrants will need to unscramble words correctly to win.

Two winners are picked each week and are awarded $25 chamber checks.

In mid-January until the end of February, participants will have the opportunity to win $100 a week to be applied to home heating in the Home Heating Contest.

“That $100 will go directly to their fuel or heat provider,” said Hansen.

“I just want the advertisers to know I really appreciate them,” said Gersak, who said he plans to enter more contests in The Leader-Herald in the future.