It's always nice to tell someone she won $1,000 - and the winner has no idea what you are talking about.
Last night, a very bewildered Florence Rakoczy of Medford Lakes, N.J., was the latest winner in the Daily News Home Run Payoff contest, thanks to Jimmy Rollins' two-run shot in the sixth inning of last night's Phillies-Mets game. The homer temporarily gave the Phils the lead, 4-3, in addition to making Rakoczy $1,000 richer.
Even if she didn't believe it at first. "I have no idea what you are talking about, I never entered any such contest," said Rakoczy, who when asked her age jokingly described herself as "somewhere between menopause and death."
After proving our legitmacy and that we weren't some "Publishers Clearing House hoax," Rakoczy suggested that perhaps her son, Chris, entered her name into the mix.
"He's been doing it for years and years, but I never cared because I never won anything," Rokoczy said. "Now I feel like a owe him something."
With her newfound winnings we're sure she will think of something.
An all-New Jersey crew won prizes in the Daily News Home Run Payoff contest as four others collected Phillies Gift Packs. They were:
Jim Troy, Sewell
Eileen Snyder, Egg Harbor Twp.
Jim McDermott, Cape May
Mary Bianchi, Bellmawr
The Daily News pays $1,000 for a home run hit in the Payoff inning and $10,000 for a grand slam. Contestants whose batter fails to hit a home run receive a gift pack. You can hear the Home Run Payoff inning during each Phillies broadcast on WPHT (1210-AM). Today's coupon is on Page 65. *