Coeur d'Alene woman wins $255,000 grand prize house in NIC raffle

An estimated crowd of 2,000 people braved the heat Wednesday night hoping to become winners in the NIC Foundation’s Really BIG Raffle drawing.

Cash and prizes totaling more than $290,000 were given away at the 19th annual event, including the $255,000 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 and none of the major prize winners were in the audience this year.

This year’s winners were:

Grand prize $255,000 house—Debbi Hahn of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with ticket #3848.

First place $20,000 car—Richard Hardy of Dalton Gardens, Idaho with ticket #0382.

Second place $10,000 boat—Melissa Burke of Spokane Valley, Wash., with ticket #4263.

Third place $3,500 travel package—Marlene Watts of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with ticket #1341­­­­­.

Fourth place $2,000 shopping spree—Wayne Koski of Mullan, Idaho with ticket #4739.

Those who purchased tickets by May 31 also qualified to win two additional early bird prizes. The $500 gift card to Best Buy went to Brenda Larsen of Centralia, Wash., and the North Idaho Bed and Breakfast Association weekend getaway was won by Kathy Pratt of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Four bonus prizes were also given away. Carolyn Baragar of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho won a $100 gift card to Wolf Lodge Steakhouse; Chris and Abby Nuszkiewicz of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho won two Silverwood Theme Park passes; Astrid Kim Browning of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho won a Kindle Fire donated by AEI Engineering; and Jim McAnulty of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho won a custom patio fire pit created by students in the NIC Welding program. 

The last of the Really BIG Raffle’s 5,000 tickets was sold the evening of July 10, selling out for the 19th consecutive year.

“Another really BIG thank you is owed to all of the supporters of this event,” 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.”

This year’s raffle was supervised and audited by the public accounting firm of Moss Adams.

The NIC Foundation will receive approximately $220,000 from the Really BIG Raffle this year. Through the fundraiser the past 19 years, the NIC Foundation has generated net proceeds of $3.2 million. This revenue has enhanced the NIC Foundation’s ability to support important student needs, programs and technology and equipment at NIC.

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

Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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