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And the winner is…

By Coastal Breeze News Staff

Contestants begin to line up waiting before the big drawing. PHOTOS BY VAL SIMON

Contestants begin to line up waiting before the big drawing. PHOTOS BY VAL SIMON

A drawing was held on Friday, April 11 in front of dozens of hopefuls at Harbor Goldsmith. The prize? A green diamond ring valued at $10,000. Richard Alan, owner of Harbor Goldsmith, came up with the idea for the contest earlier this year. His plans included a treasure map and a series of five clues. Each clue was written in limerick form and the answers resulted in five numbers.

Over 240 people entered the contest for the valuable ring. Of those entered, 40 had the correct sequence of numbers. The correct entries were put into a bucket, and from there the winner was drawn.

Those who didn’t end up going home with the ring were somewhat disappointed, but the crowd shared their enthusiasm, exclaiming how much fun it was to search for the answers.

“One gentleman told me he discovered things on the island he’d never seen before,” commented Richard’s mother.

The Prize Green diamond ring in gold with white diamond accents.

The Prize Green diamond ring in gold with white diamond accents.

One contestant thanked Richard for all the fun. “Am I disappointed I didn’t win? Sure. But it was so much fun! It was like a scavenger hunt or road rally… driving around searching for the answers to the clues. It was a blast!”

Richard said he had friends in Goodland who wanted to know what was going on, “ …all these people are coming here looking for some number!”

Fortunately, Richard kept the answers to himself. Even employees didn’t know the answers until the entry deadline passed. “Someone came in and offered an employee $20 for the answer.”

The correct combination was 9-55-3-7-5. The lucky winner of the diamond ring was Darlene Canton.

“Thanks to everyone who participated,” Richard stated. “It was fun to do and most people enjoyed themselves.”


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