Local Wins Raffle Drawing, Will Attend National Championship Game


PANAMA CITY -- Christmas came early for one lucky winner of a raffle drawing at Beef ‘O’ Brady's Monday. They're going to the Bowl Championship Series game in style.

For about two weeks, Phillip Massey and supporting friends and family members have been selling raffle tickets for $20 each.

Massey has stage-four melanoma and he is using the money to pay for his treatments. The winner of Monday night’s raffle receives an all expense paid trip to Pasadena, California for two where they will catch the FSU versus Auburn championship game.

Seminoles Fan Rick Miller said, "The tickets are entirely secondary. Phillip Massey, I’ve known him since I moved into town back in 2000; one of the nicest guys in the world."

"The last couple of days have been really crazy. People jumping on board so it’s going to be pretty exciting,” said Phillip Massey.

At 8:30 Monday night, Ray East was announced winner of the raffle in front of a crowd of about 100 people. East was out of town and had to be reached by phone.

Massey says he's just grateful for the community support during this tough time.


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