Fifteen randomly drawn winners were announced Wednesday from more than 276,000 entries in the Packers.com enter-to-win contest for playoff tickets and other items.
Kade Vance, Pocatello, Idaho, is the grand prize winner and will receive two tickets to the game, two pregame sideline passes, recognition on the TundraVision video screens in-stadium and a selection of Packers gear.
Patricia Rojek, Roselle, Ill.; Eric Engbretson, Florence, Wis.; Patricia Kopp, Waukesha, Wis.; and Thomas Fredrick, Rhinelander, Wis., are first prize winners. Each will receive two tickets to the game and a selection of Packers gear.
Frank Maranino, Highland Lake, N.J.; Matthew Bunk, Roscoe, Ill.; Ronald Morosko, Seymour, Conn.; Thomas Disterhaft, Waukesha, Wis.; and Mark Richardson, Edgerton, Wis., are second prize winners. Each will receive two passes to the 2008 Packers Fan Fest in March.
Shawn Abernath, Caledonia, Wis.; Thomas Lisack, Plover, Wis.; Dan Ricker, Plymouth, Wis.; Jodi Pierce, Tomah, Wis.; and Albert Kinkela, Poland, Ohio, are third prize winners. Each will receive one autographed Packers item.
The Packers are not responsible for travel or any related costs, and tickets must be picked up at the Will Call window on the day of the game.
Five finalists for the Packers.com playoff ticket essay contest were named Tuesday. They are Mike Morrill, Appleton, Wis.; Jason Bittner, Madison, Wis.; Lane Kimble, Wauwatosa, Wis.; Bob Prestwood, Holmen, Wis.; and Sister Sean Marie, Manitowoc, Wis.
A web poll is now underway in which visitors to Packers.com will determine the winner. Interested fans can view the finalists' essays and vote for their favorite one online. An announcement naming the winner will be made online at 3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10.
More than 5,000 essayists have attempted to write their way onto the field for a playoff game to represent all Packers fans as the 'Honorary G-Force Captain' of the game.
The winning essay writer will receive two tickets to the game and will take the field with the Packers' team captains for the coin toss prior to the game. The winner will be asked to repeat his or her duties for a second home playoff game, if applicable. The Packers are not responsible for travel or any related costs and tickets must be picked up at the Will Call window on the day of the game. One essay entry per person is permitted.