Pick 'n Save's "Winning" Play?

Pick 'n Save once again unveils a new scheme to ensnare hopeful customers...

Interested in winning a $250,000 dream home?  If you happened to miss out on the Pick ‘n Save Monopoly Sweepstakes this past summer you are in luck.

Because this fall, Pick ‘n Save brought out a new promotional tactic to capitalize on the success of the Green Bay Packers.  Ironically titled “The Winning Play,” the Roundy’s marketing team has produced a scratch off game with millions of dollars and special offers as prizes. The premise is simple enough. By shopping at your local Pick ‘n Save, a number of scratch cards will be offered in accordance with certain bonus items you purchase at the participating locations. Once the game cards are in hand, it is only a matter of scratching off the winning combination and quickly rushing back to the customer service desk and redeeming them for a myriad of wonderful prizes.

Which would of course be a delightful activity for all ages to enjoy except for the miniscule inconvenience that you NEVER WIN. No really, I mean it. The odds of finding a four-leaf clover  on your first try (10,000 to 1) are greater than actually winning one of the top prizes in this game.

Oh, but the exhilaration is certainly there. It is impossible not to feel the air crackling as you put the groceries away and spread out your horde of game cards all over the kitchen table. Even as time and time again the scratch cards defeat you, the little voice in the back of your head reassures you that the next card is a sure winner. So you keep on scratching long after reasonable logic has told you to give it up. But then, as if by miracle, you scratch off three consecutive helmets and the trumpets start playing. You leap to your feet and in the same continuous motion you reach for your phone with the single-minded focus of alerting someone to your victory. Finally as your heart returns to stable condition and your fingers stop trembling you are able to scratch off the silver shavings that are the only thing separating you from early retirement. With the steady hand of a neurosurgeon you carefully scrape away the box and stare with abject horror at what lies beneath.  “You could win two WINNING PLAY Game Tickets.”  The irony is overwhelming.  

But it is too late, you are hooked. You have to hand it to those marketing guys. They have developed an excellent gimmick that plays on the weakness of the typical American greed.

Even so, it is not always heartbreak. Perhaps you will get lucky and by a stroke of luck will win twenty-five cents off of a product that you would only consider using if the planets were all aligned correctly.  However, chances are you won’t.  Better to go back to the field and start picking clovers.  Looks like they still could not find a winner for that $250,000 dream house.

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Tracy Craft December 09, 2011 at 12:38 PM
I won two free game tickets so far and haven't even scratched my tickets from last Saturday. It is getting to be a boring game if you ask me.
David Cotey December 09, 2011 at 01:26 PM
I agree with you Tracy. I think of all the tickets we've accumulated, the only "prize" we had a chance to win was $5 cash. I think we had two of those out of countless tickets. And we didn't win either of those. Boring is right.
csbothsides December 09, 2011 at 03:14 PM
I have 4 winning tickets with the helmet, but my issue is that they have to be mailed in and you cannot mail more than 1 ticket per envelope. So, it costs me .44c every time I mail one in. It shouldn't have to cost me money to play- we should be able to drop them at the Pick-N-Save stores.
Kammy December 09, 2011 at 03:41 PM
Pick 'n Save would have to do more than offer a game to lure me back into shopping there for the following reasons: 1, Customer Service is totally lacking. Piggly Wiggly or Sendiks have P&S beat! 2. Prices are not all that low. Try Woodmans, WalMart or Aldis if you really want to save money.. 3. Check out lines are too long. There are lots of lanes but most are never open. 4.. Pick n' Save does little to support the community. Piggly Wiggly and Wal Mart.do. 5. P & S very often has items that are past their expiration. Other than that, P & S is fine!
Heather in Caledonia December 09, 2011 at 04:55 PM
Yup. We haven't won anything more than "more tickets." Whoo hoo. I haven't done anything with mine now for 2 weeks. I like shopping there because it's so close and I know and like many of the people working there. I can usually get all I need and fairly good prices each week. I just wish they would do what the stores in Kenosha do - give you money off of your gas purchases.
Herbert December 09, 2011 at 06:17 PM
After scratching hundreds of tickets we finally won $5 a few weeks back but now we keep forgetting to bring the ticket with us when we shop to reap the rewards.
Denise Konkol (Editor) December 10, 2011 at 12:12 AM
When I 'won' something, I had to sign the back of the ticket, as well as give my name address and phone. Then I had to do the same thing on a separate sheet. My prize? A whopping $1. Chairman Bob's gotta get real. I try as much as possible these days to shop at Aldi as a result.
Jeff Warg December 10, 2011 at 03:17 AM
Chairman Bob's prices at the Caledonia store could use a little competition. Not a big deal, but one example, Pepsi 2 liters $1.99. He used to work for Domincks and has brought Chicago prices to WI. I just wish Woodman's wasn't a twenty minute drive from Racine-794 would help with that.
Cheryl Sanders December 10, 2011 at 05:14 AM
BORING is right... we must have scratched off about 40 of those tickets and all we have 'won' is 4 more tickets! What???!!? I don't even bother anymore... I let my son scratch them off when he feels Iike it. Besides, all the prizes are the ones that weren't awarded in the earlier Monopoly game - after all, did you hear about them awarding any of the unclaimed prizes from that game in a second chance drawing? NO! As far as shopping there I only go b/c I am familiar with the store lay-out so I can find things quickly, but in the last few years, they have cut out a lot of products I used to buy AND the check-outs never have baggers. The clerks have to ring AND bag the groceries... that irritates the heck out of me... it is soooo slow! If I am spending $150 I think I deserve to have my groceries bagged.
Heather in Caledonia December 10, 2011 at 06:01 AM
Cheryl, I agree with the lack of baggers. Everyone who wants to keep shopping there, but has issues with long lines, high prices, etc. should consider taking the time to fill out the surveys. At the bottom of each receipt is the link. I complained for months about not carrying certain gluten-free items... they eventually started carrying those same items. I also complained about not having new "kid carts" for my kids to ride in. They now have 2 new ones. I've continued to mention the lack of cashiers and baggers - maybe someday that will improve, also. Maybe. :) Did you know that the Woodmans in Oak Creek has expanded their self-service checkouts to be for those with more than 20 items? They also have baggers working those checkouts to bag while you scan. Worked great for me last time.
Stacy December 10, 2011 at 10:35 PM
It's funny how you are all Pick and Save Haters, however, I will tell you that BOTH the Waukesha Pick and Saves on Sunset are awesome. Apparently, people like Pick and Save enough to have 2 within a 2 mile radius on the same street! They have everything I need in one trip, the sales are there if you look and their prices are not that off from Wal-Mart. (Don't even get me started on Wal-Mart and their horrible customer service and cheaply made products). So, the game is meant for fun, if you don't want to scratch off your tickets because you believe you aren't going to win, that's your loss. But for the rest of us hopefuls, don't rain on our parade. And yes, with all the tickets we have gotten, we won $1. It's better than nothing, more than I walked in with and good luck to you to win more!
JustMe December 10, 2011 at 11:50 PM
The game is lame.
patchreader 123 December 13, 2011 at 12:16 AM
I won $0.25 off of a box of Totino's Pizza Rolls. Beyond thrilling!!
Stephanie La Haye December 14, 2011 at 05:27 PM
Evan, you are so right. Not only is it a chore to find the three like images, the prizes never match up to the effort that's exhorted! And what's worse, they're incredibly hard to scratch. I agree, Evan. Maybe Pick-n-Save should rename their game...... I'm putting it on you to come up with something clever.
JB December 24, 2011 at 02:10 AM
Sounds like the Pick n Save you shop at doesn't know what they're doing, I won $1 and no forms to sign, didn't have to sign the back either, cashier said they don't need that information for small $ winning amounts because it's non-reportable for tax purposes, she just took my ticket and gave me the $1, simple as that :). (Store is Cudahy location)
JB December 24, 2011 at 02:20 AM
Only high level prize winners need to mail in their winning tickets, low level prize winners claim their prize at the Pick n Save customer service center. If you are a high level prize winner the .44c would be worth it!!! I hope your Pick n Save store didn't tell tell you to mail in your tickets for low level prizes, lol, then they obviously don't know what they're doing or they are just being lazy and don't want to deal with it, lol. (read the fine print on the back of your tickets, it explains how to redeem high and low level prizes)
JB December 24, 2011 at 02:34 AM
The more tickets I scratch the more I am starting to think there is something up with how easy it is to continuously win more free tickets but no $! I had about 30 tickets that I scratched at one sitting and no $ only more free tickets, what are the odds that a person can almost always scratch off the correct 3 footballs to reveal winning free tickets but when it comes to the tickets that are worth $ it's a fail 99.99% of the time, starting to think something subliminal is going on with the tickets that only win you more free tickets, lol. I even tried scratching the footballs first without knowing what the prize was ( a little scary only cuz you dont know what you are playing for) and sure enough everytime only more free tickets and the ones worth $, yep, you guessed it, got them wrong everytime.
Efrank January 26, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Do you retards have anything else better to do? I looked this up to see what this was about and found a bunch of lonley people with nothing else to do, but rant about how bad a scratch off is? There all the same get over it.
Scott Nickel February 15, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Hey Efrank - clearly you've never been grocery shopping. Spending too much time dumpster diving? If you had happened upon this article in the middle of the awful sweepstakes presented by P and S, you would have appreciated the frustration felt by thousands. But seeing that you are a month and a half behind the times, I guess you just wouldn't get it.


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