Big splash, big prizes

SANDUSKY Don Bugel will be putting his 1988 Ford Mustang convertible up for sale. That decision came Saturday shortly
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

Don Bugel will be putting his 1988 Ford Mustang convertible up for sale.

That decision came Saturday shortly after he won a 2007 Ford Mustang at the third annual "Big Splash Raffle" fundraiser for the Sandusky Maritime Museum.

"I said, 'Holy mackerel I won!'" said Bugel, 65, who laughed, saying he was in the restroom when he heard his winning number called.

"It hasn't really sunk in yet," he said, adding that his ticket was a birthday gift from his son -- one that really paid off.

Winner of the $50,000 cash grand prize, Kitty Camerato, 58, of Parma, said she was almost walking out the door with her granddaughter when she heard her name called.

"I cannot believe it," she said Saturday, moments after winning.

Camerato, who lives in Marblehead during the summer, said with a smile she may use some of the money to buy her husband a truck -- despite him not wanting her to buy a ticket in the first place.

The third annual event brought in the most ticket sales ever at 3,754, up by 554 from last year, according to event organizers. Tickets were $100 each and multiple wins on the same numbers were possible.

Cash and prizes totaling $225,000 were on the line at the event that was packed with people who tried their luck, despite a rainy afternoon. Among the other 50 prizes were Cedar Point passes, Sawmill Creek Golf Resort packages and several rifles.

"Our museum is sort of unique in that we have a very specific area that we collect historical items from," said Dean Howman, Maritime Museum board member.

He estimated 4,000 to 5,000 people attended this year's event at Sandusky Bay Pavilion.

"We don't look at it as trying to win something. It's more of a donation," said Jacob Wilken, 28, of Monroeville, who was at the event with his family, who are museum members.

Even still, he too became a big winner, taking home a 2007 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Who won

Big winners at "Big Splash Raffle" 2007:

Grand prize $50,00 cash: Kitty Camerato

2007 Ford Mustang coupe: Don Bugel

2007 Ford F-150 pickup: Bob Joiner

2007 Harley-Davidson Street Bob motorcycle: Jason Vessey

2007 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide motorcycle: Jacob Wiken

2007 Harley-Davidson Fatboy motorcycle: Tom Jenson