Cd'A woman wins $288,000 house for son in NIC raffle

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 new home.

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.

For story info:           NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson, (208) 769-5978 or


Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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