Greenacres man wins $250,000 grand prize house

An estimated crowd of approximately 2,500 ticket holders and community members braved a thunderstorm that settled in quickly during the North Idaho College Foundation’s Really BIG Raffle drawing Wednesday night.
Nearly $300,000 in prizes was given away at the 13th annual event, including the $250,000 custom house built by students in NIC’s carpentry program.
Winners were:
Grand prize $250,000 custom house—Jim Wilharm of Greenacres, Wash., with ticket #1363. He was not present.
First place $20,000 car—David A. Davis of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with ticket #1290. He was present to claim his prize.
Second place $10,000 boat—Mike and Patty Robb of Spokane Valley, Wash., with ticket #2880. They were not present.
Third place $3,500 travel package—Ruth Wollweber of Ford, Wash., with ticket #2001. She was not present.
Fourth place $2,000 shopping spree—Gordon White of Post Falls, Idaho with ticket #4967. He was present to claim his prize.
Those who purchased tickets by May 31 also qualified to win two additional early bird prizes. The digital camera went to Tammy Holmes of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and the home theater system was won by Jay Puckett of Spirit Lake, Idaho.
Ticket sales were increased to 5,000 from 4,500 this year and this is the 13th consecutive year the raffle has sold out.
This year’s raffle was supervised and audited by the public accounting firm of McCall & Landwehr, CPA.
The NIC Foundation netted about $200,000 from the Really BIG Raffle this year. Through the fundraiser the past 13 years, the NIC Foundation has generated net proceeds of more than $1.8 million. This revenue has enhanced the NIC Foundation’s ability to support important student needs and programs at NIC.

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

Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2006

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