Nance’s Win $10,000
Mike and Jeanice Nance won the 27th annual Lexington Volunteer Fire Department/Lions Club prize of $10,000 Saturday night in the Lexington Park Building. This is the fifth time Nance has won or shared the top prize. The winners were gracious in donating back $1250 of their winnings to the organizations.
The night started with the crowd pledging allegiance to the U.S. flag. Pastor Leif Hasskarl gave the blessing and the meal was served. With four lines, the crowd of about 300 was dining in short order.
The drawing started the night’s activities. The program was emceed by Donnie Milburn and aided by Mike Organ. Keith Bexley came from a full day at the Lexington Livestock Commission to auction the tickets that were sold on sight.
When there were nine tickets left in the tumbler, the ticket holders were called to the stage. Avery Wright was sitting in chair #1. Also in the lineup were Kelly Connally, Kim Dowdy, J. W. Parker, Phyllis Rodgers, Tim Partee, Bruce Reat, Nolan Hutson representing KRL Contruction, and Dr. Bill Hester. Samantha Retzlaff was in chair #8 after winning the second chance drawing.
Bexley auctioned a $1,000 offer to the top 10. Avery Wright took the offer on his birthday and turned over his seat to Stanley Miller. Kelly Connally’s ticket was drawn ending his night. J.W. Parker was the next drawn and Miller received a cooler for his $1,000 with the next ticket out of the hopper. Partee sold his place in the top for $900 to a consortium led by Phillip Brown. After Bruce Reat’s ticket was drawn, the Brown consortium turned down $1,000 and wasn’t rewarded with continuance. The rest of the remaining holders all wanted to claim the top prize.
Samantha Retzlaff was the first drawn. Bill Hester received $250 for his fifth place finish. KRL Construction got $500 for being drawn next. Mike and Jeanice Nance then paid $3,750 for the last remaining LVFD/Lions Club ticket. The $750 prize went to Kim Dowdy and it was down to two bottles left in the tumbler.
Phyllis Rodgers’ ticket #59 was drawn, leaving the Nance’s #200 the only ticket still in the tumbler.
In the end, the organizations cleared approximately $23,000 during the event.