- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - A Bay County man who recently lost his job won nearly $60,000 Wednesday night in a booster club raffle that lasted 53 weeks.

Rick Ramirez, 32, of Essexville came away the winner of the Bay City Central Booster Club’s raffle. Ramirez had written the name of his 3-year-old daughter, Lucia, on the winning ticket, The Bay City Times (http://bit.ly/1KPfqvf ) reported.

More than 50,000 tickets were sold this week for the “Ace of Hearts” progressive raffle, which had a jackpot of nearly $133,000. Ramirez gets a cut of the jackpot, with the rest going to the booster club.

“This couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Ramirez, who lost his job this summer when his business closed. “It’s a blessing. I can’t believe it. It feels like a dream.”

He and his family were getting ready for bed when they received a call from booster club president Pam Skillman. She informed them that they should come down to the bar where the drawing was being held.

“After all of these weeks, it couldn’t have gone to a better person,” Skillman said.

The booster club also benefits from the additional $50,000 in its budget. Its projects include filling an old swimming pool at a high school and turning it into a recreation center.

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Information from: The Bay City Times, http://www.mlive.com/bay-city

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