By Nadya Korytnikova
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BERLIN – The town economic development department has started a new game to encourage residents to support local businesses.
Berlin Bingo allows residents and visitors to win prizes by shopping at local shops. The rules align with traditional Bingo — when a player marks five spaces in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line, they’ve earned one entry towards a gift card drawing.
If a player makes an X, they will receive five entries, 20 entries if they complete 20 boxes, and 25 entries if they fill the entire Bingo card.
The prizes include a $250 Target gift card and a $150 Visa gift card.
“As the vaccines are coming, and the warmer weather arrives, we want to encourage people to go out and support businesses in Berlin, and also have a little fun while doing so,” said Economic Development Director Chris Edge.
When creating the game, Edge made a variety of businesses were included. While players can complete some boxes by getting a coffee or eating out at a local restaurant, they also have an option of getting motor vehicle service, receiving a beauty treatment and more.
Once a task is completed, the business representative will mark the correlated box.
The game also includes a variety of free tasks. Players can complete some boxes by borrowing an item from the Berlin-Peck Library or stopping by the local business just to say 'thank you.’
Town Mayor Mark Kaczynski highlighted the importance of local businesses, calling them a “backbone of the community.”
“These businesses support youth sports, school programs, nonprofits, and more. Once a small business is gone, we never see it again,” Kaczynski.
The game will begin on February 25 and end on May 9. Bingo cards can either be dropped off at the Town Hall, mailed to the Economic Development Department at 240 Kensington Road, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Access the Bingo card here or pick up a copy at any town business starting February 25.