Well, I didn't have my hopes terribly high, since I'd found out about the deal after it started. I figured that these kinds of deals go quickly, and I would never make it in time to be one of the first 2000 to apply.
A few weeks after my post, I went to Panera Bread and spent more than $10. I thought, "what the heck?" and submitted my receipt at www.paneratix.com. I was still cynical about the whole deal, but figured I wasn't losing anything by trying.
I typed in my receipt number, and go a message saying Thank You for submitting my receipt, and you will receive your gift in the mail. I thought that maybe there was a conciliatory gift for those who attempted for the tickets, but were not among the first 2000.
WELL, guess what showed up in the mail a few days ago???
That's right, friends! That is a TICKET to the PHILADELPHIA ZOO. Which I got for free. From Panera Bread.
SO don't wait! You may be able to get in on this deal too!