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New to Raleigh? Your mail could contain 'Golden Certificate' worth $1,000

Posted January 6, 2020 4:49 p.m. EST
Updated January 7, 2020 5:36 p.m. EST

Our Town America’s “Golden Certificate.” Photo from 919 Marketing.

— People who have recently moved to the Raleigh area could find a surprise in their mailbox: a certificate worth $1,000.

Ten cities across the nation, including Raleigh, were selected for Our Town America’s “Golden Certificate” campaign.

One new resident of each of the cities or their surrounding areas will find a certificate in their Our Town America welcome package.

The winners have until Jan. 16 to claim their $1,000.

The campaign is to encourage new residents to shop at local businesses, although winners can spend their money however they want.

“The local mom and pop shops are our bread and butter,” said Liz McKee of Our Town America's marketing team. “When you shop with a local merchant in the Raleigh area, you’re helping somebody’s child buy school supplies.”

“You’re helping someone who could be your neighbor,” she continued.

While Our Town America wants people to patronize local businesses, McKee said, the company didn’t want to add restrictions in case a resident needed help with bills or emergencies.

Our Town America uses a system to cull data – like deed transactions, utility connections, driver’s licenses and voter registration lists – and send welcome packages across the nation to new movers, according to its website.

But the 10 “Golden Certificate” winners are chosen randomly, and homeowners and renters who have moved to the area in the past couple of months are eligible to win, McKee said.

The chances of winning are 1 in 4,200, McKee said. None of the certificates were claimed as of Monday morning.

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