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    Over the last year, these convenience and petroleum retailers also ran gas giveaways:

    Over the last year, these convenience and petroleum retailers also ran gas giveaways:

    MAPCO Express (Brentwood, Tenn.) Gave away free fuel for a year — in the form of a $1,200 MAPCO gift card — every day from June 8 to Sept. 15, 2009, as part of its "Daily Gas Giveaway." Customers could enter up to three times per day by stopping by a participating location during business hours and completing a brief computer survey.

    NOCO Express (Buffalo, N.Y.) Partnered with M&T Bank on a sweepstakes that began Jan. 15 and ended March 31, 2010, and offered the chance to win free gas for one year, along with four prizes of $100 NOCO gift cards awarded each month. M&T Bank checkcard holders were automatically entered to win when they used an ATM at any participating NOCO Express store. Entries also were accepted by mail.

    Rutter's Farm Stores (York, Pa.) Awarded free gasoline for a year to eight customers as part of its annual "Fuel Up Free!" contest, which ran May 25 through Aug. 30, 2009. A ninth customer won a Harley-Davidson Iron 883 motorcycle. Customers received an entry blank with each purchase of a weekly food and beverage special. The more specials a customer purchased, the more chances he or she had to win.

    Sheetz (Altoona, Pa.) Ran a "Gas for a Year Sweepstakes" in conjunction with Baltimore-based M&T Bank. The grand prize, presented in June 2009, was valued at $1,500. Ten additional winners each received a $100 Sheetz gift card.

    Sunoco (Philadelphia) Did its fifth annual "Free Fuel 5000" summer promotion from June 1 through Aug. 31, 2009. Consumers entered the contest by picking up a free Sunoco/NASCAR decal at participating stations and displaying it on their vehicles. Those spotted with the decal at or near a Sunoco station instantly won a gift card for free gas. Sunoco's spotting teams also rewarded up to 15,000 instant winners, who were automatically entered into the grand-prize drawing for 5,000 gallons of gasoline.

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