Lucky locals snaffle the raffle

Lighting struck twice for Merv Bayer, of Algies Bay, who has won a prize in the annual Warkworth Lions raffle fundraiser two years in a row.

This time, it was $2500 of travel vouchers, which was slightly more exciting than the frying pan he won last year.

Merv says he only bought his first raffle ticket because he got cornered by former president Peter Henderson, but next time he’ll buy 20.

Merv and his wife Kristine say they will take a trip to Tasmania with a stop-off in Melbourne.

Later, they’ll catch a train from Auckland to Kaikoura.

The last three Lions raffles have been won from tickets purchased from Warkworth Mobil, which also provided $500 in fuel vouchers for the second-place winner.

The raffle made $11,000, which will be used to support community projects in Warkworth and surrounds.

From left, raffle organiser David Scott, Kristine and Mervyn Bayer, and Warkworth Lions president Lynn Jones.