A Friday afternoon drive led to two Franklin men winning the prize in The Daily Star Easter Egg-stravaganza. This included a check for $500 and an assortment of gift certificates from local businesses.
Johnny Brezinsky, 17, a junior at Franklin Central School, said he was driving with Kyle Levers, 21, his sister’s boyfriend, Friday afternoon when he suggested looking for the egg. Levers, who attended Oneonta Central School and is currently looking for a job, said he found it wrapped in a cloth in a pipe near the underpass of I-88, on Route 357, at Exit 11.
Brezinsky said he and his mother had been following the clues in The Daily Star and were convinced the egg was at that location, but had been looking in the wrong area earlier.
The two men called The Daily Star late Friday and brought the winning egg down Monday morning. They both agreed they have never won anything like this.
The money and certificates were much appreciated, they said, though they weren’t sure how they would use the funds. There was never any question they would split it.
They would share some of the proceeds with Brezinsky’s mother, who recently celebrated a birthday.
“We were hoping to get the community involved,” The Daily Star advertising director Sean Lewis said about the contest. The response indicates its success, he said.