MILTON-FREEWATER - Longtime Milton-Freewater resident Treva Withers will get some help with her grocery bill for the next year, courtesy of a Safeway and Seattle Mariners promotion.
When Dan Wilson of the Mariners got four hits in five trips to the plate against the Oakland Athletics on July 2, Withers won a vacuum, telezapper and $5,200 for groceries.
Monday morning, Withers collected her prizes at the Milton-Freewater Safeway. The grocery money came in the form of 52 gift cards of $100 each.
"They gave me a whole stack, like a deck of cards," she said.
Withers had been watching the game that garnered her the prizes but didn't realize her name had been drawn until a friend phoned her with the news.
"A friend in Kennewick was on the way home and heard it on the radio," she said.
Withers, who works as an admitting clerk at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, said the additional grocery money would come in handy, but she still expects to be fairly conservative in her purchases. The only big item she had in mind right away was a half side of beef to put in the freezer.
Withers is the first customer in Milton-Freewater to win in the $1 million Baseball Magic program, store manager Steve Wenzel said. Every time anyone uses their Safeway Club Card they are entered.
"It was nice. She is a local lady and a regular shopper. It was fantastic," Wenzel said.
Withers can spend her gift cards on anything in the store, he added.
If Wilson had hit a home run, Withers would have won $1 million, but she wasn't disappointed.
"I'm very glad just to have what I did win, it's very nice," she said.
In 1997, Pamela Altazan of Seattle won the $1 million prize when Alex Rodriguez hit for the cycle, which means hitting a single, double, triple and home run in the same game.
For a game contestant to qualify for a prize, a Mariners player must get four or more hits during a game.