Shoppers come away empty handed in Christmas promotion

Lifestyle and BudgetAssociated Press

Hundreds of people hoping to cash in on a jewelry store promotion that promised a refund if it snowed 6 inches on Christmas Day will have to wait for another year.

Springer's Jewelers offered a refund of purchases made at its New Hampshire and Maine stores between Nov. 24 and Dec. 9 if it snowed a half-foot in the Portsmouth area. A company that provided the official results found it snowed 4.3 inches on Christmas Day.

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On its website , the store posted a link to the results and said "nobody was more excited than the Springer's team that our 11th year of Let It Snow might be the one."

All told, more than $900,000 was at stake. The business has insurance to cover the cost of the refunds.