Hayden man wins $350,000 house in NIC Foundation's Really BIG Raffle


A crowd of about 2,000 turned out Wednesday night to listen to great music and check their tickets stub at the NIC Foundation’s Really BIG Raffle.

Robert Swider, from Hayden, won a home appraised at $350,000 at the NIC Foundation’s Really BIG Raffle drawing Wednesday, winning the Mill River neighborhood house with a ticket drawn in front of a crowd of about 2,500 behind the Edminster Student Union Building.

Cash and prizes totaling about $389,000 were given away at the 24th annual event, including the house, which was built by NIC Carpentry and Construction Technology students.

“The community is always full of such great supporters of this event, and this year was no different,” said NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson. “That continued support directly benefits NIC students through scholarships and program assistance.”

Winners of the first, second, third and fourth place prizes can 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 $350,000 house—Robert Swider, of Hayden, Idaho, with ticket #2678.

First place $20,000 Prize of Choice—Clyde Ylitalo, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, with ticket #3055.

Second place $10,000 Prize of Choice —Audrey Thayer, of Rathdrum, with ticket #1285.

Third place $3,500 Prize of Choice —Richard Campbell, of Coeur d’Alene, with ticket #1627.

Fourth place $2,000 Prize of Choice —Don Johnston, of Coeur d’Alene, with ticket # 1409.

Those who purchased tickets by April 30 also qualified to win the early-bird prize of a $2,000 Costco Gift Card. The gift card was won by Cathy Matresse, of Spokane, with ticket #1129.

Five bonus prizes were also given away. Tom and Lynda Heise, of Coeur d’Alene, won an Anthony’s Restaurant gift card; Don Roise, of Spokane, won a Traeger wood-fired grill; Mary White of Rathdrum, won a Wolf Lodge gift card; Karen Shaver, of Post Falls, won an NIC logo fire pit; and Laurie Cox, of Hayden Lake, won a custom aluminum chess set.

The revenue generated by the raffle greatly enhances the NIC Foundation’s ability to support students in their pursuit of a quality education.



Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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