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Mind Blowing Giveaway: 2020 Recap

December 11, 2020

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Now that 2020 is drawing to a close, the Mind Blowing Giveaway has also drawn to a close. Despite the setbacks from the global coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing shutdowns, we still managed to accomplish a lot with the Mind Blowing Giveaway! Let’s check out some of the highlights below!


By the Numbers

Number of Participating Locations: 794

Number of Total Entries Made: 745,000+

Total Current Players: 17,000+

Number of Winners: 300+

Amount of Money Given Away: $280,000+


A Year of Big Winners

Every month, we had two winners (one from Northern Illinois and one from Southern Illinois) win our grand prize package! Plus, throughout the Mind Blowing Giveaway, we had hundreds of Instant Winners claim smaller prizes up to $600! Check out some of our biggest monthly winners below!


Michael P. from Benny’s Place Sports Grill in Lynwood and Kathy B. from Country Club BBQ in West Peoria both took home $20,000 for groceries and other bills.


Steven M. from One Stop Smokers Shop in Galesburg and Melanie B. from Starship Billiards Parlor in Springfield both took home $20,000 to be spent on transforming their dream kitchen.


David P. from Bella’s Bistro in Lincoln and Jill G. from Nick’s BBQ in Tinley Park both took home $25,000 to put toward their mortgage or rent!


Nancy J. from American Food & Liquor in Dunlap and Tammy K. from Tangerine Bowl in Quincy both took home $20,000 to put toward paying their utilities!


Dan B. from John L’s II in Blue Island and Mandy C. from Cliff’s on 5th in Lincoln both took home $20,000 cash!


Deborah C. from Whiskey Waters in Spring Grove and Michael D. from Jackpot Junction in Lincoln both took home $20,000 to pay their bills!


. . . What Comes Next?

Now that the Mind Blowing Giveaway has officially come to an end, we can get ready for all the big things to come in 2021! Look out for our new loyalty program – AE Player Rewards – launching in early 2021! Designed to reward loyal patrons for their support, AE Player Rewards allows members to enter for EXCLUSIVE cash giveaways and a few other fun surprises!

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