November 23, 2004
Northeast Phoenix resident Jacqueline Boone has a tough decision to make: Keep the sports car or trade it for cash.
Boone, an administrative secretary for the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, bought a ticket for the Health and Wealth Raffle to benefit St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. She won $20,000 in cash and a Dodge Viper SRT-10, which she can trade for more cash.
"Saturday morning Kathy Rice (manager of the Health and Wealth Raffle) called me and I was pretty overwhelmed," she said. "I have been walking six or eight inches off the ground ever since."
Boone, who won a cordless phone a couple years ago in the raffle, said she buys the tickets because they are for a good cause.
"I have been buying the health and wealth raffle tickets because of the research they are doing at St. Joe’s and the Barrow Institute because my dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1998," she said. "It could happen to any one of us at any time and if we can nip this thing in the bud or even find medicines like they have been since the ’90s, wow. We have certainly come a long way already, but now if we can just find a cure."
Boone said she will go to an Avondale auto dealership to look at her Viper before deciding whether to keep it, trade it for another vehicle or take cash instead.
"I would like to at least sit in it and have pictures," she said. "It’s a lot to digest."
As far as what she will do with the money she won, she doesn’t know yet.
"I am going to just take it one day at a time and just kind of absorb it like a sponge," she said.
Boone’s prize was one of 8,250 distributed through the raffle, which gave people a 1-in-18 chance. Chandler’s Chris and Mary Olmstead won the $1 million grand prize and Chandler resident and single mom Josephine Prejean won $250,000 in cash.
Rice said the raffle raised $5.1 million, which will be used for programs in the Children’s Health Center.
Rice said this third raffle fund-raising project has raised more than $9 million in 18 months.