Well, the contest results are in, and we have a winner, and he's not available to accept his reward, but does have two sisters who will share in the booty. Neither my parents, my wife's parents, or any of my friends entered the contest, which is disappointing as I really wanted that five gallons of gas they found with the car!
Interesting facts from the contest entries:
- Several people listed their birth place as "Indian territory"
- One person typed a short sci-fi essay and listed their address as Jupiter Excursions, Inc.
- Several guesses, including the winner, had comma separators in wrong places
- The low estimate was zero (4 guesses), the highest was 1-2 billion (5 guesses). A lot of people were reasonaby in the ballpark.l
- Handwriting was sometimes difficult to read and the vast majority of people used it instead of printing in block letters
- 96 entries used names beginning with "Mrs." followed by the husband's name
- Tulsa did not have its current zip codes, but instead the addressed used Tulsa 5, Tulsa 6, etc.
- There were several family entries; some guesses designated up to 3 heirs
- There was an entry by the editor of Tulsa County News
- There was a page with guesses by school-age children (12-13 years old)
- The dates of birth range from 1888 to 1957
- The state of birth had 398 Oklahoma, 2 Canada, 1 Latvia, 302 from 32 other states, 109 not available