In the 46 years Lee Foesterling has lived in Saline she’s entered many of raffles and purchased a lot lottery tickets. Until last week, the most she’d ever won was $15 on a lotto ticket.
Thursday at the Summer Music Series concert in downtown Saline, Karen Hodgson, owner of Cobblestone Rose, picked Foesterling’s ticket out of a raffle drum. Foesterling won $500 in chamber bucks – vouchers that are as good as cash in many Saline businesses. Saline Main Street officials called her with the good news.
“I was utterly surprised and excited when I received that call. I’d never won anything like that before. I never expected to win at all,” Foesterling said.
Saline Main Street and the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce have partnered for the Pave It Forward raffle. It’s an incentive to bring shoppers to Saline businesses during construction. For every $10 spent at participating businesses, shoppers are given a raffle ticket for the monthly drawing. Tickets can be turned in at Hartman Insurance, Saline Main Street and the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.
Foesterling won her ticket while getting an eye exam and purchasing glasses at Saline Optometry.
“They are wonderful there. One of the girls there told me about this raffle,” Foesterling said.
She said she’ll have no trouble spending her winnings in “Uptown Saline.”
Foesterling moved to Saline from Detroit 46 years ago. Saline was a whole lot smaller than, she said. She’s immensely proud of her hometown, telling friends that “Saline is where it’s at.”
“I have access to the post office, the library, the grocery store and the eye doctor. I don’t often have to leave the area. I’m just tickled to death that everything I need is so close,” she said.
Construction hasn’t hampered her ability to get to all her stops.
“I don’t think it’s difficult at all. I know the streets and how to get where I’m going. I know where to park,” Foesterling said. “I’m used to the construction now. I might have to wait a little longer at the lights, but I don’t find it to be a problem.”
Foesterling has won the largest Pave It Forward raffle so far. Previous monthly winners picked up prizes of $250 in chamber bucks.
In December, a grand finale raffle will award a $1,000 in chamber bucks to one lucky winner.
Riley Hollenbaugh, Executive Director of Saline Main Street, estimated that there were 10,000 tickets for last week’s halfway drawing.
“At around $10 a ticket, it values near $100,000,” he said, noting that the service industry has provided most of the ticket redemptions.
Participating businesses include Benito’s, Brecon Grille, Carrigan Café, Cobblestone Rose, Dan’s Downtown Tavern, Mac’s, Mangiamo, Maureen’s Design, New Era Chiropractic, Resale Boutique, Saline Automotive, Saline Optometry, Smoke BBQ, and Workout1.