A last-minute raffle ticket purchase is giving one family plenty of reason to smile.
Kurow farmer Slim Slee bought the winning ticket at the Wanaka A&P Show in support of the Central Otago Motor Speedway.
“I was wandering around this year’s .. show when it dawned on me that, unusually, I hadn’t bought anything,” he said.
While checking out the Claas site, “a smart-looking” yellow and black jet-boat caught his eye.
The jet-boat was there to lure in the punters and, for both the Slee family and speedway, it worked.
“I’m into motorsport and powerboating and was happy to spend $100 on a raffle ticket to support Central Otago Motor Speedway fundraising efforts.”
As he was about to walk away he thought “why not” buy a second ticket.
“Lucky I did, as this was the winning ticket,” he said.
Mr Slee and wife Janina made a family weekend of collecting their new jet-boat from the Edgecraft workshop in the Highlands Industrial Park a couple of weeks ago.
They loaded their four daughters, two granddaughters and a friend into a hire van, equipped with a towbar, to make the trip south, and also ventured to Queenstown before collecting their prize.
Slim received a briefing from Edgecraft owner and Central Motor Speedway promoter Jason Scott before launching the jet-boat at Bannockburn Inlet.
Despite the chilly temperatures, Mr Slee and his daughters returned from their first outing brimming with excitement and talking about future adventures on the Waitaki River and hydro lakes.