A record 12,681 fans participated in the contest and five lucky winners win grand prize

Bills announce "Draft Day" Challenge winners

May 18, 2011 Updated May 18, 2011 at 6:50 PM EDT

By WKBW News


Bills announce "Draft Day" Challenge winners

May 18, 2011 Updated May 18, 2011 at 6:50 PM EDT

Orchard Park, N.Y. – (Bills Release/WKBW.com) The Buffalo Bills announced today that the winners of the fifth annual M&T Bank Draft Day Challenge are Shane Prouty from Orchard Park, NY, Seth Maser from Herkimer, NY, Diane McNamara from Grand Island, NY, AnnMarie Grant from Schenectady, NY and Kevin McLaughlin from Byron, NY.

Each of the five winners correctly selected Marcell Dareus as the Bills first pick of the NFL Draft.

A record 12,681 fans participated in the buffalobills.com online contest and nearly 16% of the fans correctly predicted Dareus as Buffalo’s top selection in this year’s draft. The five winners were randomly chosen among the contestants who had the correct selection.

As part of the prize, the winners receive a Bills game day experience package for two with all-inclusive M&T Bank Club tickets, pregame field passes and a Bills Alumni meet and greet opportunity. In addition, each winner will receive a Buffalo Bills helmet.

“Successfully engaging fans with fun and entertaining promotions plays a major role in our long-standing partnership with M&T Bank, and this year’s record breaking participation with the Draft Day Challenge is a great example of the commitment that we share,” said Bruce Popko, Bills senior vice president of business development. “The Bills and M&T Bank will continue providing special offers and promotions that Bills fans and M&T Bank customers will enjoy.”

“The number of entries in the contest continues to grow, with Bills fans becoming more involved with the team during the NFL draft,” said Peter J. Eliopoulos, chief marketing officer of M&T Bank. “As the NFL season has evolved to capture fan attention year-round, M&T Bank continues to build on our partnership with the Bills to offer unique value to fans who enjoy these promotions and customers who want to show their team loyalty by using our exclusive Bills checking package.”

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