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TL Cares latest weekly winner of $ 1,000

When Evelyn Hagen was first contacted by The Times Leader on Friday, she couldn’t believe what she was hearing.

It started to be felt later that day, when a Times Leader reporter visited Hagen at her western Wyoming home: she was the latest winner of the TL Cares cash giveaway program.

“I just couldn’t believe it. I was going around in circles after I got the call, ”Hagen said. “But that turned out to be great news, I’m so excited.”

Hagen is the 25th winner of the TL Cares program, which began in May and distributed $ 1,000 per week to area residents.

All it took for Hagen to win? Her Times Leader subscription, despite what she thought.

“I didn’t even know if I was signed up or not,” Hagen said, later jokingly adding that she “thought maybe I should write an essay or something.”

Times Leader subscribers are automatically enrolled in the TL Cares program, which means that Hagen’s subscription, which she said she held for most of her life, was the $ 1,000 ticket.

Hagen moved to western Wyoming with her late husband Robert about 12 years ago, having spent most of their life in the Kingston / Forty Fort area.

The two shared a love for antiques, and Robert and Evelyn each have display cases with antiques for sale at Plains Antiques.

Although Hagen is retired now, she said she still has a long way to go.

“I’m even busier now that I’m retired,” she said.

She also makes sure to set aside time to work on the Sunday crossword, in which she says she’s gotten pretty good.

Hagen’s victory at TL Cares also means good news for a local charity or nonprofit; In addition to her own winning of $ 1,000, she was also able to choose an organization to which the Times Leader will donate an additional $ 1,000.

She chose The Salvation Army for all the good work she did in the community and for helping her family during the floods from Hurricane Agnes in 1972.

“When the flood came, my parents were really affected,” Hagen said. “The Salvation Army has been a great help to them during this time, and my parents have always been of service to them. “

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