MIDLOTHIAN – Trena Mayfield was announced as the first winner in Brookshire’s “You Save, You Win: Cruises, Cars and Cash sweepstakes on Friday. Mayfield is the first of eight customers who will win Carnival Cruises as part of the store’s 12-week promotion that runs through Oct. 4.

“The contest is going great so far. We have had winners for the mustangs in Mount Vernon and Weatherford. Tena is the first carnival cruise winner out of this store through the promotion,” store manager Jeremy Morton said.

“We contacted her by phone and told her that she needed to give us a call back,” he said. “When she called back I asked her if she knew about the sweepstakes going on and she said yeah. I said did you know that we are giving away eight carnival cruises and she said no. Well I said now you do and you’re the first one out of that eight to win that cruise. She was silent for a minute and asked if this was a joke and asked if I was serious.”

Mayfield said she couldn’t believe what she was hearing when she called the store.

“My husband and I were on vacation and we found out that we won the cruise. I found out on Wednesday. We were in Colorado because we had to get out of this Texas heat,” Mayfield said.

“I totally thought that my husband was playing a joke on me.”

Mayfield said she’s been a customer at the Midlothian store for years because of the great customer service and the “willingness of employees to help you as you go up and down the aisles.” She has until 2013 to decide where and when to go on the cruise.

Every time customers use their Brookshire’s card they get a chance to win a cruise – and each store is giving away eight during the contest.

Throughout the company, there will be a dozen 2011 Ford Mustangs given away. The cars will be given away every other week during the sweepstakes, with the remaining seven given away at the end of the promotion.

Throughout the store, there are specialty items marked with tags in displays. Customers purchasing those receive more entries into the contest. Signs also are posted that explain the rules of the contest. Customers who take part in the promotion have to be at least 18 years old; employees are not eligible.

The store also is having a drawing for two $100 Brookshire’s gift cards at 11 a.m. every Saturday. Customers can enter to win by filling out an entry form printed at the bottom of their receipt and dropping it in the hopper located next to the customer service office. Customers also can go online and enter to win at Brookshires.com, with no purchase necessary.

Brookshire’s in Midlothian is located at 1400 E. Main St. For more information and to see a complete set of rules, visit www.brookshires.com.

Contact Andrew at andrew.branca@wnienws.com or 469-517-1451.