Running into a pothole usually isn't a lucky experience.
But if you find one big enough in Moline, you could get some cash for it.
Filling potholes is a tough job, but somebody's got to do it
"We just go down the main roads and whatever we find we fill," said Bill Deadmond, part of Moline Public Works street crew.
He fills a couple hundred pot holes a day as a matter of fact.
Deadmond is part of Moline's Public Works Department, holding a contest.
Moline residents who report the biggest pot holes in February and March each get a $50 gift certificate.
"We can't be everywhere, so it's important for us to receive information," said Rodd Schick of the Moline Public Works Department.
The constant freezing, thawing, and freezing again in winter take a big toll on the roads, leaving pot holes behind.
And they can be murder on your car.
"One good pot hole, one good curb, will be a one–time thing, you'll definitely notice it," said Doug Reed of Chuck's Auto Service in Rock Island.
Reed gets pot hole damaged cars from all over the Quad Cities.
And he said fixing them isn't cheap.
The car he's working on today will put its owner back nearly $800, and that's with a used tire.
So reed said you better watch out.
"Watch the road, not just the cars, not just the lights in front of you, look at the road and the street," said Reed.
Meanwhile, staff at Moline Public Works said they hope the contest will not only save your car, but the streets they drive on.
"If you can make a small repair now, you can save your streets for the long–term maintenance, they will last longer," said Schick.
If you want to report a pothole, and maybe even win the contest, you can call the Moline pot hole hotline at 309-524-2407 or click on Popular Links.