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Persistence pays off for grand prize winner

It took him five years of shopping at local Rifle businesses and picking up raffle tickets, but it finally paid off for Waylon Hampton on Saturday.The 27-year-old Rifle resident was the lucky winner of the grand prize, a winter wonderland outdoor recreation package, valued at over $3,000, at the 17th annual Holly Days celebration at the Garfield County Fairgrounds indoor arena.A crowd of around 800 people attended."I had about 15 tickets, so it wasn't too hard to find," Hampton said, after he heard the event's emcee, former Garfield County commissioner Larry McCown, announce the numbers over the sound system.Hampton said he had participated in the last five Holly Days celebrations, but this was the first prize he had won. He purchased all his tickets at the Corner Store on Railroad Avenue when he bought gasoline, Hampton said.A worker at the LIFT-UP thrift store in Rifle and nearly life-long Rifle resident, Hampton said one part of the grand prize will help make Christmas merrier for someone else."I don't have a truck, so [a truck bed tool box, donated by Rifle Truck and Trailer] will help my dad have a good Christmas," Hampton explained. "All the rest will be put to good use."The rest of the prize includes all-terrain vehicle and snowmobile equipment; a winter getaway to Coulter Lake Guest Ranch; a spa treatment, including full massage and warm pedicure; a $50 fuel card; a $50 gift certificate to Outwest Meat, Processing and Seafood for retail or game processing; and a $50 gift certificate from Shale Country Liquors.When his friends and family heard of Hampton's good fortune, "they wanted to know what was in it for them," he said."I told them it's all mine," Hampton said, with a laugh.


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The Post Independent Updated Dec 5, 2012 05:06PM Published Dec 5, 2012 05:02PM Copyright 2012 The Post Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.