LAKE GEORGE A long-time attendee of the Americade motorcycle rally has won the jackpot of $20,000 in an annual raffle conducted by the Lake George Rotary Club.
Held for 10 consecutive years during the Americade rally to raise funds for local not-for-profit groups, the raffle sported a new a new feature this year: winner’s choice of a Honda Gold Wing, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, or $20,000 in cash.
L.J. Bolling, 65, of Philadelphia, a motorcycling enthusiast who said he doesn’t gamble much at all, held the winning ticket.
Bolling claimed the $20,000 in cash since he already owned a 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager. Bolling described his win Monday July 30 in a phone interview.
“When I do gamble, I spend just $5 or so maximum, but for this raffle, I bought $40 worth of tickets,” he said, noting that at Americade 2011, he saw a lot of people claim raffle prizes, and it looked like fun — so at the 2012 rally he bought a wad of tickets. “It was pretty exciting to win the top prize this year.”
Bolling recently retired from work as a draftsman and an electrical testing troubleshooter.
A Marine Corps veteran who served in Viet Nam, Bolling is on disability from wounds received in combat there.
Just several weeks ago, he spent most of his winnings buying a new Hyundai Sonata, Bolling said.
“I’m still numb over the win,” he said.
Rotary publicist Joanne Gavin noted that more than $13,000 in profits from the 2012 raffle were distributed in grants to 14 local charitable and civic groups, to aid their community outreach efforts.
The 2012 grant recipients were: the Association for the Hearing Impaired, Caldwell-Lake George Library, Caritas, House of Grace, the Lake George Land Conservancy, Glens Falls Literacy New York, Mito Hope & Help, North Country Ministry, North Country Wild Care, Operation Santa Claus, Project Life Saver, Under the Woods Foundation, the Warren County Historical Society, Lake George Women in Need, and the Rotary International Foundation.
Over 235 volunteers from local service organizations worked throughout Americade week selling over 4,500 raffle tickets, she said.
“The Lake George Rotary Club of Lake George thanks all the volunteers, Rotary members, and Americade founder Bill Dutcher along with the Americade crew for their tireless efforts to assist us in helping our local communities in the spirit of “service above self,’” she said.
The Rotary Club meets at 6:15 every Monday night at the Lake George Holiday Inn. For details, contact the club’s secretary at email@example.com or 636-4310.