Two local men win Ocean City condo

May 18, 1997


Staff Writer

Dozens of people crammed into a small classroom at St. Maria Goretti High School on Sunday afternoon to watch local television personality Lou Scally draw the winning ticket for a beachfront condominium in Ocean City, Md.

But the winner of the Catholic school's second condominium raffle wasn't among them.

Hagerstown resident Sam Tolbert's name was on winning ticket no. 2353, which grants him ownership of a two-bedroom, two-bath condo in the Capri high-rise on Coastal Highway.

Moments after the drawing, raffle organizer Diane Favret tried to reach Tolbert by telephone to relay the good news but got an answering machine instead.


"I'm glad a local person won it," said Favret, director of development for the school. "That makes a big difference."

Actually two local people won, said Tolbert, 43, who made a deal with family friend Terry Craven to double his chances last weekend.

"He had a ticket, and I had a ticket...We never really thought we'd win," Tolbert said in a telephone interview Sunday night.

He said he bought his $100 ticket because friend Joe Widmyer asked him to buy one. He bought it to support the school, he said, not because he wanted to win a condo.

Tolbert said Widmyer broke the good news to him Sunday afternoon.

Craven said he didn't think his chances of winning were very good when he proposed the deal to Tolbert.

"Obviously, it was a good move on my part because they pulled his name," said Craven, 47, of Hagerstown, who also bought a ticket for the first raffle.

The friends said they haven't decided yet what they'll do with their prize.

Tolbert said he's still torn between doing the rational thing and selling it or doing the fun thing and keeping it for a while.

Craven said he's inclined to sell it, since he figures it's worth about $125,000 and he has two daughters in college to think about.

"That'll take care of a lot of college tuition," he said.

Last time, a 70-year-old Cresson, Pa., man won with a ticket he purchased with his two brothers and a sister.

The school sold about 1,400 tickets when it raffled its first condo - also in the Capri high-rise - in late 1995, Favret said.

The school sold only 1,369 chances this time, she said.

Still, after covering its costs, the school made a "nice profit" of about $15,000 on this year's fund-raiser, which is earmarked for capital improvements to the school, Favret said.

The school bought the 1,140-square-foot-unit condominium for $110,000, she said.

Rose Mary Sharrer of Emmitsburg, Md., came to the drawing expecting that her name would be drawn this year.

"I thought I'd win," said Sharrer, whose 17-year-old daughter, Beth, is a senior at the school. "It's just fun. It's exciting."

Although Sharrer admits she was disappointed both this and last year when other peoples' names were drawn, she and husband Marshall Sharrer Jr. said they're happy their money went to a good cause.

Michael and Kelly Burke of Martinsburg, W.Va., said they feel the same way, though they wish they could have at least seen the winners' faces.

Last year's winner was also notified by telephone.

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