Giovannetti said on her Web site that she had halted the competition due to a low response, despite coverage by several television stations and newspapers, including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Although she originally planned to keep the contest open until July 23, the rules gave her the right to cancel at any time.Not a huge shock. Giovannetti was basically banking on 6,000 people with an extra two hundred bucks in their pockets and enough confidence in their writing skills to take a good chance on losing it. It's one thing to risk a fiver on the lotto--your skills aren't a part of the equation, and you're not depending on someone else's personal taste to validate your lotto number choices to call you the winner (unlike being in a first-book-of-poetry contest, for example).
Giovannetti and her attorney, Eric Gifford, did not respond to several e-mails and telephone calls from the Sun-Sentinel. But she told the Ocala Star-Banner that she decided to cancel after receiving only 38 entries by May 29.
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