About 2,000 people turned out for North Idaho College’s largest annual fundraiser Wednesday to see if they had won the NIC Foundation’s Really BIG Raffle drawing.
Cash and prizes totaling more than $290,000 were given away at the 20th annual event, including the $255,000 house built by students in NIC’s carpentry program. For 20 consecutive years, the event has sold out all of the 5,000 tickets allotted each year for the raffle. Over $5 million in prizes have been given away over 20 years.
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. None of the major prize winners were in the audience this year.
This year’s winners were:
Grand prize $255,000 house—Wayne Kenny of Nine Mile Falls, Wash.
First place $20,000 car—George Wilson of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Second place $10,000 boat—James Peters of Post Falls, Idaho.
Third place $3,500 travel package—Edward Laggart of Des Moines, Wash.
Fourth place $2,000 shopping spree—Lowell Mills of Spokane, Wash.
Those who purchased tickets by May 31 also qualified to win two additional early bird prizes. The 55-inch TV was won by Ken and Patricia Bliss of Otis Orchards, Wash. Joe and Kristi Hitz of Hauser, Idaho won a smoker/barbeque built by students in the NIC Welding program. Sandra Jobes of Spirit Lake, Idaho, won a $500 bonus prize.
“For the 20th year, the Really BIG Raffle was another huge success,” said NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson. “The community has been incredibly supportive of this fundraiser over the last two decades. We’re extremely grateful to everyone who helped make it a success and to a community that places such a high value on education.”
The NIC Foundation will receive approximately $220,000 from the Really BIG Raffle this year. Through the fundraiser the past 20 years, the NIC Foundation has generated net proceeds of $3.4 million. This revenue has enhanced the NIC Foundation’s ability to support important student needs, programs and technology and equipment at NIC.