(Bellwood, Ill. - August 20, 2003) - Sharpie, the world's most popular brand of permanent markers, today announced the 10 semifinalists for the grand prize in its "You Could Win $1,000,000" program, one of whom will race to possibly a big payday at the Sharpie 500 in Bristol, Tennessee on August 23. The semifinalists were chosen randomly from the more than 500,000 entries in a national sweepstakes program. The program offered individuals the chance at a trip for two and tickets to Sharpie 500 and a shot a potential $1 million. This is the sweepstakes second year.
"We're happy to bring these Sharpie fans to Bristol for the Sharpie 500 and a chance at the million," said Greg Stoner, vice president and general manager of Sharpie. "While Sharpie markers are great for making bold expressive statements, they may also be great for endorsing a check."
On Friday, August 22, Sharpie, with the help of Benny Parsons, TNT race analyst, will randomly draw the finalist from the field of 10 semifinalists at a Sharpie and Bristol Motor Speedway special event. The finalist will then be randomly assigned a starting position based on the 43-car line-up (1 through 43). If the selected driver based on starting position wins the race, the fan wins $1 million; $100,000 for 2nd through 5th place; $50,000 for 6th through 10th place; and $10,000 for any finish outside of the top 10.
Semifinalists for the 2003 Sharpie "You Could Win $1,000,000" promotion include: James Gray of Lexington, Kentucky; John Aiken of Grayson, Georgia; Bill Stroz of Clarksburg, New Jersey; Mike Groesbeck of Boyton Beach, Florida; Herbert Nutter of West Branch, Michigan; Denise Schnur, of Wadsworth, Ohio; Darren Greenwald of Los Angeles; Carrie Bezak of Royal Oak, Michigan; Cindy Maxwell of Abilene, Texas and Karrie Millheim of Cape Coral, Florida.
The sweepstakes ended on July 15, 2003. The Sharpie 500 will be televised on TNT at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 23. For more details on the Sharpie 500, visit www.sharpie500.com.