POCATELLO — Idaho Falls resident Lindsi Shippen won a 2017 Harley-Davidson Road King on Wednesday during the seventh annual motorcycle raffle run by the Viet Nam Vets/Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club.
And she didn’t even write her own name on the winning raffle ticket.
“I’m a huge supporter of veteran causes and I think I bought three tickets,” said Lindsi’s husband, Dale Shippen. “I started filling them out in my name and I told the guy selling the tickets that my wife is way luckier than I am so I’m going to fill one out in her name.”
And sure enough, the one ticket with Lindsi’s name on it — out of a total 2,000 tickets sold — contained the winning numbers.
The call informing the couple they won happened while Dale and Lindsi were at the Hot August Nights car event in Reno, Nevada.
“I sold one car on Thursday and 15 minutes into Friday I sold my second car,” Dale said. “I said, ‘Well now what are we going to do, pretty good weekend.’”
On Saturday, Lindsi answered the phone. But as a member of the Viet Nam Vets/Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club told her that she had won, the line fell suddenly silent.
Apparently, the man passed out and collapsed because he was suffering from heat exhaustion while attending the annual fundraiser in Nampa, Idaho.
“I was in Reno at Hot August Nights and he was at the fundraiser in Nampa so on both ends of the call it was really loud,” Lindsi said. “I was like, ‘Are you for real?’ I thought for sure it was a scam or something and he was going to be asking for my credit card number.”
However, it wasn’t a scam and on Wednesday Lindsi and Dale drove to the Harley-Davidson dealership on Yellowstone in Pocatello to pick up their prize.
For a total cost of $ 60 in raffle tickets and the sales tax on the bike, the Shippen’s received a 2017 Harley valued at $ 20,000.
In addition to the annual motorcycle raffle, Jim Carter, a member of the Viet Nam Vets/Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club, said that throughout the year the crews do what they can to support veterans.
“We usually sell enough tickets and everything above and beyond the cost of the bike we spread the money across the four chapters in the state of Idaho,” Carter said. “Each area uses their money for any needs of local veterans.”
The motorcycle club hosts an annual pool tournament, it donates to ISU Veteran Services Center and the vet center down by Westwood Village, Carter added.
“We also have a power wheelchair program and any veteran who needs additional medical care or treatment we help them pay their bills,” Carter said. “If someone gets sick or has PTSD and they go in for treatment, the VA will usually cover them. But they don’t keep the lights on or their families fed. That’s the kind of stuff we like to do.”
A few weeks ago, the club donated money to the Outdoor Salute to Veterans, which was used to take a group of disabled veterans elk hunting at no cost to the vets.
“My dad and my father-in-law are both veterans and I’m one of the most patriotic people you will ever meet,” Lindsi Shippen said. “I buy raffle tickets all the time from people, but I’ve never won anything like this before. We are just stunned, this is just unbelievable.”