Spokane man wins $200,000 grand prize house

A crowd of more than 2,500 ticket holders and community members gathered for the North Idaho College Foundation's Really BIG Raffle drawing Wednesday night. More than $230,000 in prizes was given away at the 11th annual event, including the $200,000 custom house built by NIC's carpentry program. Winners were: Grand prize $200,000 custom house—Duane Harvey of Spokane, Wash., with ticket #0698. First place $20,000 car or boat—Rhena Cooper of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho with ticket #0743. Second place $3,500 travel package—Nolan Holbrook of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho with ticket #1602. Third place $2,000 shopping spree—Gina and Jason Williamson of Post Falls, Idaho with ticket #1473. Those who purchased tickets by May 31 also qualified to win two additional early bird prizes. The 36-inch flat screen color TV went to Brooke and Dusty Harris of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and the DVD/VHS player was won by Meagan Elliot-Marsh of Spokane Valley, Wash. In addition, ticket holders at the drawing had the chance to enter to win a $500 cash bonus prize, which was won by Jack and Anne Snizik of Spokane, Wash. Dozens of other attendees won various door prizes, including a patio slider door donated by Really BIG Raffle sponsor Stock Building Supply of Coeur d'Alene that was won by Jim Caddis of Spokane, Wash. Ticket sales were limited to 4,000 and this is the 11th consecutive year the raffle has sold out. This year's raffle was supervised and audited by the public accounting firm of McCall & Landwehr, CPA. Through the Really BIG Raffle fundraiser the past 11 years, the NIC Foundation has generated net proceeds of more than $1.5 million. This revenue has enhanced the NIC Foundation's ability to provide support for NIC in critical need areas ranging from student scholarships, instructional and support services and construction projects. Proceeds have been used to construct facilities, such as the NIC Workforce Training Center, to fund a $50,000 annual foundation grant program to encourage outstanding instruction and support services at NIC for the past 11 years (more than $500,000 has been awarded through the grant program to date) and to provide scholarships for deserving students.

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NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson, (208) 769-5978

Posted: Wednesday, July 7, 2004

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