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Otago Daily Times marketing co-ordinator Jess Peck sits among thousands of entries received for the newspaper's annual Christmas ham and turkey competition yesterday.
About 8600 people entered the competition to win one of 60 hams and 60 turkeys.
Last year, about 7200 entered. Miss Peck said the response was ''very exciting''. She said there would soon be another opportunity for ODT readers to win.
More than $10,000 worth of prizes from Arthur Barnett was being given away in the Summer Times holiday section of the newspaper between December 27 and January 12.
Additional children's prizes were also offered.
''We've got loads of puzzle pages and competitions, so people should make sure they get the paper and enter, especially if they missed out on a turkey or ham,'' Miss Peck said.