The 2016 Candy Cane Cash $500 winner is Michelle Berry of McPherson.

The 2016 Candy Cane Cash $500 winner is Michelle Berry of McPherson.

The Christmas promotion that is organized by the McPherson Chamber of Commerce and McPherson Main Street for their members resulted in some dramatic numbers.

Shoppers were given a registration slip that was stamped for every $10 that a shopper spent. When the registration slip was completed with five stamps, the shopper then completed the form with their information for the $500 drawing. Each registration slip represented $50 spent at any of the 25 Candy Cane Cash participating stores.

This year, 5,640 slips were counted, meaning $282,000 was spent in McPherson as a result of the Christmas promotion.

There was a lot of support by local residents who spent many dollars holiday shopping in McPherson. In addition to the tremendous local support, there were registrations from 88 Kansas communities and out state shoppers included Tennessee, Texas, Ohio, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Maryland, Colorado, Arkansas, North Carolina, Washington, Minnesota, Iowa and Arizona.