LUCKY PRIZE: Rickie Lee and Cresta are getting excited about a busy Sawtell Hotel on Friday night thanks to the Joker Draw.
LUCKY PRIZE: Rickie Lee and Cresta are getting excited about a busy Sawtell Hotel on Friday night thanks to the Joker Draw. Trevor Veale

Prize pool no joking matter

ONE lucky patron is guaranteed to walk away from the Sawtell Hotel with more than $10,000 on Friday night.

The hotel's Joker Draw, held each Friday night, is down to the final card, meaning whoever is lucky enough to have their lucky ticket drawn out on Friday night will hit paydirt.

It's not often the draw goes all the way down to the final card but now that it is, a full house is expected to be at the Sawtell Hotel for the draw.

"It's going to be packed," hotel staffer Tracey Adams said.

"The pub was full last week, almost 600 people, and that was when there were regulars not here because the Panthers were playing."

Usually after having their name drawn out, the winner of the draw is asked to guess where on the board of cards is the joker hiding.

With only one card remaining, everybody knows where the joker is hiding so it's simply a matter of getting what is hopefully your lucky ticket drawn out.

"Whoever gets their colour ticket drawn, that's it they win. Simple as," Tracey said.

While the winner of the $10,000 prize will be the luckiest person in town, the real winner out of the Joker Draw has been the Sawtell SLSC.

Each week for the past year members of the surf lifesaving club have been selling tickets for the draw, taking the majority of the proceeds from ticket sales.

This week is expected to be a fundraising boost for the club which has already purchased a ute to help haul equipment up and down the beach.

Plans are afoot within the club now to obtain a new ski trailer. Purchases that wouldn't be possible without the pub's support of the club via the Joker Draw according to Sawtell SLSC president Leanne James.

"It costs so much money to run the surf club and we have to keep everything in order for our rescues and patrolling," she said.



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