H&R Block Can't Give Away $1 Million

H&R Block's Million Dollar Giveaway Contest has encountered an unexpected snag: The winner won't answer calls or respond to correspondence.

It is assumed that the winner, who has been notified by mail, overnight express delivery, and telephone voice messages, believes that the messages are part of a scam operation and is refusing to play along. H&R Block is not releasing the name of the winner for privacy reasons, but it has been announced that the winner resides in Sewell, New Jersey.

The clock is ticking on the prize money. Under the terms of the contest, the money must be collected by Friday, July 6.

H&R Block has decided to make one final attempt to reach the winner - via the media. The company's news release, headed, "You won the money . . . really!" has been dispatched to the news media.

Should the winner not come forward, the company may decide to choose another winner, but that decision has not yet been made.

Over 17 million taxpayers who used H&R Block's tax services this past spring were automatically entered in the giveaway contest. Entrants included people who had their taxes prepared in H&R Block's offices as well as people who used the company's TaxCut software and those who filed their taxes on-line at the H&R Block Web site.

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