Pottstown >> Every year, hundreds of readers vie to be the winner of the annual Big Event, sponsored by The Mercury and The Phoenix Item and Reporter. The contest gives readers the chance to win a prize if they can find the correct number of Big Event logos hidden throughout the special section.

Lenora Francis of Phoenixville is this year’s Big Event winner — earning a prize of $500. Francis correctly counted a total of 14 Big Event logos hidden throughout the supplement that appeared in both papers. The contest started Dec. 26.

Francis’ name was then randomly chosen from among those who submitted entries with the correct number of Big Event logos.

“I have played so many times, but have never been chosen before,” Francis said. She added that she plans to use her prize money to pay her property taxes.

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