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Hauser woman wins NIC raffle, $285,000 house

Cecil the Cardinal high-fives kids after the winners were announced at the NIC Foundation’s Really BIG Raffle Wednesday. (Tom Greene/North Idaho College Press Room photo)
Cecil the Cardinal high-fives kids after the winners were announced at the NIC Foundation’s Really BIG Raffle Wednesday. (Tom Greene/North Idaho College Press Room photo)

Betty Atkins, from Hauser, had the golden ticket at the NIC Foundation’s Really BIG Raffle drawing Wednesday, winning the $285,000 house with a ticket drawn in front of a crowd of about 2,500 behind the Edminster Student Union Building.

Cash and prizes totaling more than $325,000 were given away at the 23nd annual event, including the $285,000 house built by students in NIC’s carpentry program.

“We couldn’t do it without the help of all of the supporters of this event, who deserve a really big thank you,” said NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson. “We are so grateful to the community for their continued support of this important fundraiser, which directly benefits students through scholarships, technology and program needs.”

Winners of the first, second, third and fourth place prizes may apply the cash value to the prize of their choice, and did not need to be present to win.

This year’s winners were:

Grand prize $285,000 house—Betty Atkins, of Hauser, Idaho, with ticket #5109.

First place $20,000 car—Jack Gambill, of Colbert, Wash., with ticket #3648.

Second place $10,000 boat—Ralph Hostetler, of Arizona, with ticket #954.

Third place $3,500 vacation package—Peter Barnes, of Post Falls, with ticket #2993.

Fourth place $2,000 shopping spree—Teri Heinrich, of Coeur d’Alene, with ticket # 3243.

Those who purchased tickets by April 30 also qualified to win the early-bird prize of a $2,500 Costco Gift Card. The gift card was won by Rose Knight, of Rathdrum, with ticket #2027.

Eight bonus prizes were also given away. Lou Slak, of Spokane, won an Anthony’s Restaurant gift card; Kyle and LaDonna DeMent, of Spokane, won an Amazon Fire Kids Tablet; Charlene and Judd Williamson, of Coeur d’Alene, won a Cut Above Salon Styling gift bag; Sarah Emert, of Spirit Lake, won a manicure and gift bag; Joe and Diane Dahlheim, of Coeur d’Alene, won an Apple TV; Rich Hauser and Laurie Thomas, of Coeur d’Alene, won a Wolf Lodge Restaurant gift card; Carol Fuechsel, of Spokane Valley, won an NIC logo gift bag; and Janet Matson, of Post Falls, won a $50 Meltz gift card.

The revenue generated by the raffle greatly enhances the NIC Foundation’s ability to support students in their pursuit of a quality education/Tom Greene, North Idaho College Press Room.

Question: Have you ever purchased a ticket for the Really Big Raffle?



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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