Overflowing crowds of people hoping to win some extra Christmas money packed into downtown Altus Saturday morning. Drawings from the tickets distributed by participating merchants in the Main Street Altus’ Candy Cane Cash ‘Sweetstakes” over the past month were tumbled in a big hopper where tickets were drawn at random starting at 10 a.m.
There was not a winner for the first $1,000 winner. That ticket came from Altus Printing. The money rolled over to the next drawing, but no one claimed the $1,100 ticket from Red River Federal Credit Union, and the money rolled over to the next drawing.
Paul Hilt won the $1,200 drawing with a ticket from Wilmes Superstore.
The next $100 ticket was not claimed, and that money rolled over to the next drawing. Kevin Dudle won that money with a ticket from Rexco.
The last $100 winning ticket from Kenny’s Signs was not claimed, and that money rolled over to the big $10,000 drawing that was held at 11 a.m. The winning $10,100 ticket came from KEY-B Radio and was claimed by Jennifer Hazelwood. She is an Altus High School grad and has worked for five years as an ER nurse for Jackson County Memorial Hospital. Attending the drawing with her washer son Layton, 7. She is expecting a baby boy next week on Dec. 16. It is going to be a boy named Landyn. When Hazelwood heard her number called, she was stunned. She said she didn’t know what she would do with the money yet. She had over 150 tickets from across Altus.
If you did have a winning ticket from Saturday’s drawing, hold on to your tickets. A ticket will be drawn on Monday and announced over the local radio stations, and will be published on the Altus Times website. If no one claims the prize, another number will be drawn on Tuesday.