SIDNEY — Sept. 24 was a very, very lucky day for Jerry Schaffner, of Sidney.
Schaffner was one of 300 people who had purchased a ticket for the Shelby County Junior Fair Improvement Reverse Raffle Saturday night. As he was waiting for the tickets to be drawn, he received a phone call from his son.
“My oldest son called me and asked ‘did you sent in tickets for Cash Explosion?’ I had three winning tickets that had been sitting at home. You have to mail each one in separately, so I had mailed them in a week or so ago.”
During Saturday night’s show, Schaffner’s name was drawn for the Nov. 12 show.
“A friend of my son’s had seen the name Francis Schaffner and called my son and asked who Francis was. He said that’s my dad.
“Most people don’t call me by my first name,” he said. “I only use it on legal documents.”
Schaffner said he spends $10 every Saturday on Cash Explosion tickets. Then on Saturday night, he’s watching to show. The show is normally airs at 7:30 p.m. but was delayed because of football Saturday night.
“I watch it every Saturday night and complain when they don’t draw my name,” he said. “Guess I can’t complain anymore.”
After the reverse raffle was over, Schaffner watched the show when it aired at 11:30 p.m. He saw fellow Sidney resident Tammy McNamara win $32,000 on the show. And he heard his name announced as a contestant for the Nov. 12 show.
Names also were called during the Reverse Raffle held at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. The event was held to raise funds to build a new rabbit and chicken barn at the fairgrounds.
“We had around 400 people attend,” said Shelby Gibbs, a committee member. “We thought that was just fantastic and we’re pleased with how everything turned out.
“Everyone I talked to said they enjoyed the night and are excited for next year’s event,” she said.
Gibbs said the committee wants to keep the raffle as an annual event to help raise money for various projects at the fair.
“We’re really excited to keep it going,” said Gibbs. “We hope to have the new structure up for the 2017 fair.”
The Shelby County Pork Producers prepared the tenderloins for the meal, which the Shelby County Cattlemen’s Association prepared the ribeye steaks.
As the ticket-holders waited for their name to be drawn, the chances of winning the $10,000 narrowed each time a group of tickets were eliminated.
The first ticket drawn was purchased by Tim Woodward. He received $200. Other $200 winners were Bobby Meyer, Matt Wills, Mitch Brautigam, Tracy Oduro, Kara and Keith Wiley, Richard Homan, Tracy Kies, Judy and Karl Kemper, Ted and Michelle Poeppelman, Christina Schmiesing and Helen Magato.
The 290th ticket drawn out was purchased by Jennie Rogers. She received $250. The 295th ticket, owned by Wayne and Deb Lumbatis, was worth $500.
An auction for ticket No. 300 was held and was sold for $3,400.
The 297th ticket drawn was purchased by Lacey Gibbs and it was worth $1,000.
The final three tickets in the drawing were purchased by Schaffner, Judy and Tom Regula and Sam Plank. The trio opted to take one-third of the jackpot instead of going by themselves and hoping they had the winning ticket.
“We decided one-third was better than nothing,” said Schaffner of the partnership. “They had to keep drawing the tickets to see who won the insurance board. My number was the last one drawn out.”
“Each winning ticket received 3,333,” said Schaffner.
“I split my with another guy. I never win anything so we decided to share our numbers and we’d have two chances to win. So we got $1,666 a piece,” said Schaffner. “I feel pretty fortunate.”
All the losing tickets were placed in a barrel and one ticket was drawn for $500. The winner was Darren and Jennifer Argabright.
There was also an auction, insurance board 50/50 drawing and whiskey