ENID, Oklahoma. – With a potential winning Candy Cane Cash ticket in her hands, Rayne Roeser’s friends shouted at her.
“Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Hurry!”
Roeser took the stage and showed his ticket to the hosts before April Danahy raised his arm in victory as he was confirmed to be the winner of the $ 7,500 grand prize.
âI’m shaking,â Roeser said. âI saw the big trash can full of all these tickets and I said to myself: ‘It is not possible’. “
Roeser was one of many lucky winners among the throng of people who attended the 18th Annual Candy Cane Cash Draw Tuesday night at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center, with a total of $ 15,000 awarded.
Buyers received one ticket each for every $ 10 spent at participating merchants between October 25 and December 7. Roeser’s post was from Plants-A-Plenty.
It was the first year that Roeser and his wife Michele had dated Candy Cane Cash. The couple said the grand prize winnings will likely go towards college funds for their 5 and 2-year-old grandchildren.
Michele Roeser said it was great to see everyone showing up to attend Candy Cane Cash, and even more exciting to see how it benefits the community.
âIt’s a lot of money for the community,â she said, pointing to the hopper full of money stubs.
Mia-Claire Jones, Miss NOC 2021 Enid, raffled the winning tickets, Cheri Chase and Donna Walker taking home the two $ 500 prizes; Shirley Dills and Caroline Cooley winning both $ 1,000 prizes; Kristi Browne as $ 2,000 winner; Holli Schultz winning $ 2,500; and Roeser winning the grand prize of $ 7,500.
With only five seconds remaining, Walker, who attended several Candy Cane Cash draws, called, saying she had one of the winning $ 500 tickets.
The money, she said, will go towards Christmas presents for her family, which is how Cooley said she plans to spend her $ 1,000 as well.
Browne, who has also played Candy Cane Cash for the last few years, said she started collecting tickets because she would be there anyway.
She said it was exciting to make money, especially around Christmas, and planned to spend the $ 2,000 on family members while they were all on Christmas vacation this year.
Candy Cane Cash, she said, is special.
âThis community has always done so much to give back, and that’s why I’ve always been a part of those things,â said Browne. âWe’re so lucky to have this stuff to give back, so to be a winner after being a part of it for so many years – it makes me proud to live at Enid. … It feels good to be on the other side.
Longtime friends Vicky Ebbs and Judy Leal arrived at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center with all of their tickets organized on pieces of cardboard.
Ebbs, a longtime Candy Cane Cash participant, said that even without winning, the most exciting part of Candy Cane Cash every year is having a good time with friends like Leal.
âIt’s also so good that they donate this money. They don’t have to, âEbbs said. “Someone needs the money.”
Candy Cane Cash sponsors include Enid News & Eagle, Grand Enid Chamber of Commerce, Security National Bank, Enid Regional Development Alliance, and the Town of Enid.
“It was a great night,” said Cindy Allen, editor of News & Eagle. âWe had a good turnout. People got their tickets and came over for the drawing, and that’s what we love to see.
Jumbo Foods and Price Cutter will be hosting a âSecond Chance Drawâ at noon on December 20th. A name and phone number must appear on the back of the ticket.
Between December 8 and 19, attendees can bring unused Candy Cane Cash tickets to any of the three Jumbo Foods stores in Enid – 2311 W. Willow, 1716 S. Van Buren, and 221 S. 30th – for a chance. to win a new grill. and $ 500 in Certified Angus Beef, or at Price Cutter, 917 E. Broadway, for a chance to win two new kids’ bikes and free groceries for one year (one $ 100 gift card per month) .