KPHA hockey player Jed McGlasson reaches for the winning ticket of Hobo Jim's Willey boat.
It was a lucky number for Johnna Vinzant, it was the year she was born and it was the number of the KPHA Hobo Jim Willey boat raffle ticket that won her very own river boat and motor last week. "I've never been lucky. I've sold a lot of tickets and I wasn't going to buy one this year, but then I saw ticket #73 and said shoot that was the year I was born so I split the cost with a friend and figured it was for a good cause, and what the heck I won!" exclaimed Vinzant. Johnna says that she hasn't done much fishing before but plans on learning to fish quickly, "It won't be a problem, my dad is a guide," said Johnna.
For the last seven years Hobo Jim, Alaska's Official Balladeer, and River City Marine have been teaming up to give away a fully equipped Willey boat to benefit a local charity or non-profit organization. This year's raffle benefit went to the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association. "It's been a good thing, each year the Willey Boat Corporation sends me a boat through Peter at River City Marine for me to demo on the river and then we raffle it off to benefit a good cause. Tickets go on sale tomorrow for the boat I'm fishing in this summer," said Hobo. Tickets can be purchased at BJ's in Soldotna or from members of the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association.
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