A raffle for Ray Bradley Jr., a Juneau man on a waiting list for a heart transplant, raised $3,720. Sponsored by the Juneau Youth Football League, the raffle had a total of 18 winners at the drawing June 28.
Bill Schrader, an air traffic controller with flight service, bought two raffle tickets from his coworker John Newell. When the raffle winner was announced, both Schrader's tickets were winners.
"I've never won anything before," Schrader said. "It's pretty phenomenal luck."
Schrader's tickets got him a 7-day cruise for two anywhere Holland America sails and an Era Helicopters tour.
Schrader said he heard the message on his answering machine saying he won and thought, "Oh yeah, sure."
He plans to give the helicopter tour to friends or relatives, and said the Caribbean is sounding good for the cruise.
"About mid-February it will be good to get away," Schrader said.
The other top-three winners were Marietta Hopkins with a glacier flightseeing tour from TEMSCO Helicopters, Krisi Hicks with two round-trip tickets on Wings of Alaska and a glacier sightseeing tour for two on Wings for Bo McAdoo.
Carrie McMullen, organizer of the raffle, said there has been talk of a future benefit volleyball tournament for Bradley.
"As long as Ray needs money people are going to raise money for him," McMullen said.
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