Jean Mayberry, from Coeur d’Alene,
bought the winning ticket in the NIC Foundation’s Really BIG Raffle drawing
Wednesday, claiming the prize in front of a crowd of about 2,000. She said she
bought the ticket for her son, Bill Novelli, who lives in California. Novelli
and his wife, Linda, plan to relocate to be close to family and live in their
Winners of the five main
prizes this year were all from either Coeur d’Alene or Post Falls.
Cash and prizes totaling
more than $325,000 were given away at the 21st annual event,
including the $288,000 house built by students in NIC’s carpentry program.
Winners of the first,
second, third and fourth place prizes may apply the cash value to the prize of
their choice. Winners did not need to be present to win any of the prizes this
year. Only the house winner was in the audience this year.
This year’s winners were:
Grand prize $288,000
house— Bill Novelli, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with ticket #3555.
First place $20,000 car—David
Yearout of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with ticket #1182.
Second place $10,000 boat—Rachelle Williams, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho,
with ticket #1197.
Third place $3,500
vacation package—Dusty Rhoads, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with ticket #0052.
Fourth place $2,000
shopping spree—Kory Lazelle of Post Falls, Idaho with ticket #3584.
Those who purchased tickets
by May 31 also qualified to win two additional early bird prizes. The $750 Costco
Gift Card was won by Jason Warr, of Coeur d’Alene, and the Silverwood Season
Pass was won by Tom and Ginger Jacobsen, of Colbert, Wash.
Six bonus prizes were also
given away. Kurt Thompson, of Post Falls, won an iPad; John Niewieroski of
Bonners Ferry, won a decorative firepit created
by NIC Welding students, Edie McCormick of Coeur d’Alene, won a $60 gift
certificate to Wolf Lodge, KC Schaible, of Coeur d’Alene won a Golden Corral
Gift Certificate, Chris Fountain of Moscow, won movie tickets, and Jacob Smith
of Dalton Gardens, won an NIC logo wear package.
The last of the Really BIG
Raffle’s 5,000 tickets were sold by June 16, which is the earliest the raffle
has ever sold out.
“The supporters of this
event were absolutely wonderful as always,” said NIC Foundation Executive Director
Rayelle Anderson. “We are so grateful to the community for their continued
support of this important fundraiser – proceeds directly benefit students
through scholarships and state-of-the-art technology and equipment college-wide.”
The revenue generated by
the raffle greatly enhances the NIC Foundation’s ability to support students in
their pursuit of a quality education.
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Executive Director Rayelle Anderson, (208) 769-5978 or firstname.lastname@example.org