Lucky Unalaska woman wins big

Posted: Monday, November 13, 2000

UNALASKA (AP) -- Val Donaldson, a bartender at Carl's Bayview Inn, can't believe her luck.

For years, Donaldson has bought a ticket for every raffle that passed through Unalaska, but she didn't have much to show for it.

This year, she's making up for lost time.

In August, Donaldson won the grand prize in the Museum of the Aleutians raffle, and was a cool $5,000 richer.

Then, it happened again. A week ago, her ticket was drawn in the Alaska Marine Conservation Council raffle, and wham, she was $10,000 wealthier.

''I'm embarrassed,'' said Donaldson. ''I can't believe what's happening.''

After buying the conservation council raffle ticket last week, Donaldson promptly forgot about it and went out with friends for a few drinks. She awoke on Sunday to a ringing phone and a pounding headache. The voice on the other end was from a man with the council, and he gave her the good news.

''My hangover was gone, I was wide awake, and my neighbors heard me scream,'' she said.

Donaldson said she wants to use some of the money to visit a new grandson in Seattle this winter and she might also buy a truck. Donaldson said it won't be anything fancy, just a ''Dutch Harbor'' truck.

''It won't be anything newer than a 1979,'' she said with a laugh.

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