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City Announces 'Boston Bingo' To Help Snow-Stricken Businesses

BOSTON (CBS) – B-4 heading out to support local businesses hammered by one of the worst winters ever, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh wants residents to grab a bingo card.

On Monday, the city introduced "Boston Bingo," created by the Office of Economic Development as a way to stimulate the local economy. Participants can win prizes that includes Bruins tickets, date nights, coffee with Walsh, and more.

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Spaces on the bingo card encourage players to "visit your local bookstore," "enjoy a cup of coffee at your neighborhood café" or "treat yourself to a mani or pedi."

To win, participants need to complete a single line (traditional bingo) for one entry, or fill out the whole card for seven entries.

"Boston Bingo is a creative way for residents to come together and support our local economy as we continue to recover from the historic amount of snow Boston has received this winter," Walsh said in a statement.

To play along electronically, the city asks that people take pictures of themselves at each location and Tweet, Instagram or Facebook the picture using the hashtag #BosBINGO. Then players should email with a photo or copy of their winning card and include their name, phone number and social media information.

Participants can also hand in a paper card and receipts to room 603 in City Hall.

The game runs through March 15.

"The weather has taken a toll on small business revenues, making it harder for them to pay their employees, or keep up with the costs of keeping their doors open," John Barros, chief of economic development, said in a statement. "It's so important that we do what we can to support them, and encourage our neighbors to do the same."

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