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    WEIRD BUT TRUE: Ellen DeGeneres Show Draws Crowd at Gas Station

    TV talk show host's crew gave out $10K in prizes, including Shell gift cards and cash.

    TUCSON, Ariz. -- At least 400 people showed up Wednesday at the Shell gas station at the southeast corner of East Speedway and North Alvernon Way here, in hopes of seeing TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres or walking away with prizes that could have included a new GMC Terrain, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

    News of the stop started circulating on the Twitter social networking site at 9 a.m.

    Peggy Foster, 68, said her 14-year-old granddaughter in New Hampshire text messaged her at 10 a.m., telling her: "Ellen would be in town. Take your Oprah magazine and you'll win a car," Foster recalled her granddaughter writing. "So, here I am," she said.

    Mellissa Cordova, 22, followed the tweet updates all day and ditched classes at the University of Arizona to see if DeGeneres would make an appearance.

    While DeGeneres was not with the show's crew, the segment was being filmed and was slated to air 3 p.m. yesterday on KGUN-Channel 9, according to the newspaper.

    Customers needed to have the latest issue of Oprah's 'O' magazine, which features DeGeneres on the cover, to be eligible to win a $100 Shell gift card. A $1,000 prize went to the first person in a bathing suit and cowboy hat. In all, $10,000 in prizes were given away.

    According to the talk show's Web site, the "DeGeneres' Tweet Crew" is traveling across the country and will give away a GMC Terrain, the newspaper reported.

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