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North Idaho College graduate wins BIG raffle house
North Idaho College graduate wins BIG raffle house


Megan Howard of Coeur d’Alene won the grand prize in the North Idaho College Foundation’s really big raffle on Wednesday night – a newly built home valued at $630,000.

“I am in shock and very grateful,” Howard said after the drawing in a conversation with representatives of the foundation.

“I’ve been going to NIC for a few years now and just wanted to give back to the foundation for what it’s helped me do,” said Howard, who completed NIC’s early childhood development program and is currently taking a summer course.

The winning ticket for the new Coeur d’Alene home was chosen during a drawing that was broadcast live on the Internet. This was the 31st anniversary of the Really BIG Raffle fundraiser and the 31st consecutive ticket sale.

The first prize, a new Ford Bronco Sport, was won by Vicki Isakson, Dean of Vocational Education at NIC.

“I had a million messages on my phone and when I saw the news, I just couldn’t believe it,” Isakson said in a press release Wednesday night after the event.

“I’ve been joking about winning this thing for a while, so I couldn’t believe I actually won it,” she said. “I haven’t had a new car in a long time, so now I’m just thinking about what I could do with it.”

This year’s raffle was supported by major sponsors Greenstone Homes and Idaho Forest Group, as well as five additional sponsors whose support, along with investments from loyal raffle ticket buyers, directly strengthens the NIC Foundation’s commitment to promoting student success and educational quality across the NIC.

“The continued success of the Really BIG Raffle is a reflection of generous individuals investing in students’ dreams,” said Rayelle Anderson, executive director of the NIC Foundation, in the press release. “We are truly grateful to every ticket buyer, sponsor, volunteer and ticket seller for their tireless support.”

Over $667,000 in prizes were awarded, including the new Coeur d’Alene home. This year’s winners were:

Grand Prize: $630,000 House – Megan Howard, Coeur d’Alene, Lot #2281

First Place: $32,000, 2024 Ford Bronco Sport – Vicki Isakson, Coeur d’Alene, Ticket No. 0085

Second Place: $2,000 Home Furniture Gift Card – Tom Lazerus, Murrieta, California, Lot #3902

Third Place: Traeger Pro Smoker and Meat Package valued at $1,500 – Tosha Brown, Hauser, Ticket #2120

All ticket holders who purchased tickets by the early bird deadline of April 30, 2024 were eligible to win two additional prizes – two separate Costco gift cards valued at $1,000 each. The winners of the gift cards were Violet Gradin of Kellogg and Tyler Lockwood of Rathdrum.

The 32nd annual Really BIG Raffle is scheduled for July 9, 2025. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit nic.edu/rbr.

By Everly