Saturday, July 15, 2023

Easy Come, Easy Go

Tonight Hubby Tony and I volunteered to help organize the food at an event sponsored by our church. In addition to having some great food, the organization we were serving for was raising funds through the sales of merchandise and raffle tickets for baskets and a 50/50 drawing (where the winning ticket got to take home half of the pot).

Tony's serving commitment was still going on when I went through the food line and took a seat at a table with some friends in the back of the room. I never saw him come in, but it turns out he was closer to the front of the room with some of his friends.

Halfway into the event one of the ticket sellers asked if I would hold the tickets for someone who had made a purchase but was not able to be there for the drawing. I said I would. When the raffle portion started at the end of the night they began with baskets holding self care items, family game night items, wine, and snacks. Those numbers weren't even close to the tickets I was holding.

The emcee then announced the winner of the 50/50 would be taking home a little over $600. Can you believe I was holding the winning ticket? (I never win anything!)

I walked up to the front of the room to a round of applause. As I reached the stage, one of the ticket sellers revealed that I wasn't really the winner, adding that the actual prizewinner wanted to donate the money back to the organization. I walked back to my seat to an even louder round of applause.

For the rest of the night people commented on my 'good fortune'. When I finally caught up with Tony he said that the people at his table jokingly told him we should take them out for a nice steak dinner.

Five years ago today: Last Of The Family Fun (California, Summer 2018)


  1. "the actual prizewinner wanted to donate the money back to the organization."
    Typical 50/50 at events like that. People that do that should at least get a receipt for a tax deduction.
    Would YOU have given the money back if you had actually won? If I ever win something like that I'm planning on announcing I'm giving the money to a different charity.

    1. If I had actually won I may have given all or part of the money back...but privately. Don't need a round of applause for it.

  2. Well, that was a moment of fame, but I can't say fortune. LOL

    1. Yep. Still waiting for the fortune part :-)