March 13, 2014 – The New York Lottery will today announce the finalists for their New York Sings contest, a promotional contest the Lottery launched to raise awareness about their mission to raise funds for education in New York.
New York students were invited to submit videos of themselves singing “Thank You for Being a Friend” for a chance to win as much as $10,000 for their school.
Today, the Lottery announced the finalists: School of the Arts, Frederick Douglass Academy, Union Springs Central Schools, Batavia City School District and PS205.
The voting period to decide the New York Sings winners opened today and will remain open until Thursday, March 27. The school that receives the most votes for their rendition of “Thank You for Being a Friend” will win $10,000.
Second place will win $5,000 for their school, and the third prize in the contest is worth $2,500. Each of the prizes from the New York Sings contest will directly support the music programs at each winning school.
Director of the Division of Lottery in New York, Gardner Gurney, said the contest was “just another way the New York Lottery can give back to schools in our state.”
Fans of the New York Lottery, family and friends of the students named as finalists can vote through a Facebook app dedicated to the New York Sings contest. Votes can be entered once per day.
Once the votes are in, the winning schools will be notified on March 28.