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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Jody Kistlers, of Lyons, Ill., is the winner of Thorntons Inc.'s Text-to-Win Sweepstakes, which kicked off the convenience store chain's 40th anniversary celebration.
The contest began on May 25 at all 162 Thorntons stores in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Tennessee. No purchase was necessary to enter the contest. Customers needed to simply text EXPLORER to the number, 313131, or enter by mail.
The grand-prize drawing took place on Sept. 23, and Kistlers' name was drawn from 40,000 entries. As the winner of the Text-to-Win Sweepstakes, Kistlers won a 2011 Ford Explorer and a $1,000 Thorntons gift card.