Project Graduation raffle winner nabs $1,800

Project Graduation

Project Graduation President Sharon Barrier presents raffle winner Casey Ptachick with his $1,800 prize. Ptachick, a Tallahassee resident, spent a quiet weekend in Wewahitchka with his girlfriend and purchased the winning ticket to help support the community.

Wes Locher | The Star
Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 11:13 AM.

Project Graduation made Casey Ptachick’s Monday afternoon when he was presented with $1,800 in cold hard cash for a raffle ticket he’d purchased on a whim several weekends ago.

A resident of Tallahassee, Ptachick and his girlfriend had stayed on the river in Wewahitchka two weeks earlier and stopped at David Rich’s IGA for some groceries.

Ptachick bought a raffle ticket to support Project Graduation, not giving much thought to the anticipated prize of $500 that came along with it.

In the weeks following Ptachick’s purchase, the remaining tickets sold out during Wewahitchka’s Fourth of July celebration bringing in a total of $3,600 in funds.

As per the raffle, 50 percent would go to a grand prize winner and the other half would be donated to Project Graduation for future events.

Ptachick received a phone call on Monday morning inviting him back to the IGA under mysterious circumstances.

When he arrived, he was presented with the prize money by Project Graduation President, Sharon Barrier and Treasurer Melissa Rushing.

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