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Noah Lippert, 4, plays with Jingle Bells tickets after the drawing ended. (Riham Feshir / Enterprise)

Jingle Bells winning tickets announced

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For one green ticket holder, Christmas comes a little early this year.

The $5,000 grand prize winner of the Jingle Bells sweepstakes has ticket number 5128487.

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The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the $10,000 cash prizes and second chance prizes Thursday at the annual gala celebration.

No winners were present for the cash prizes, however one winner claimed a ticket in one of the $1,000 categories, which means the drawings stopped after five tickets.

In each of the other categories, 10 tickets were drawn. If the first winning ticket is not claimed, then the second will win. If the second isn't claimed, then the third, and so on.

Santa Claus took the honor of drawing the tickets out of an oversized bin that housed more than 700,000 tickets.

The Jingle Bells gala was held at the Century School cafetorium, where a lot of voices of disappointment were heard by attendees who were out of luck.

The deadline to claim winning tickets is noon Friday, Jan. 8.

For a list of all winning (and potential winning) numbers, see the attached PDF file. For more details and photos of the event, see Saturday's Enterprise.

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