North ROTC’s Markel wins raffle

NJHS ROTC instructor Pete Markel won $5,000 in Legion raffle.

By Keith Barnes

Even though North Johnston High School ROTC instructor Pete Markel had the prize-winning ticket worth $5,000 at the Kenly community reverse raffle on Saturday night, March 3, various charities and organizations in the Kenly area were the real winners, according to raffle organizer Jacky Ballance.

Ballance said the event, sponsored by Kenly American Legion Post 328 and held at Wilson County Moose Lodge in Wilson was a complete success.

The raffle organizing committee sold 250 tickets at $100 apiece.

Ballance said the legion could easily have sold 100 more tickets but they chose to stop at 250 to give everyone a better chance of winning.    

Each ticket included not only a chance to win cash prizes but a meal and musical entertainment including dancing.

“We will not know for at least a week what we netted but the best estimate is probably $17-18,000,” said Ballance. “What we do know is we gave out a total of $5,500 in cash prizes and in the coming weeks the committee will be meeting with North Johnston High School ROTC, Kenly Area Ministries, Salvation Army, Kenly Area Chamber of Commerce, veterans committee, Boy Scouts and area churches to see what we can help sponsor for the benefit of the community with every penny raised going for that purpose.”

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