Claremore resident and owner of Golden Chef restaurant Louis Nguyen, was the lucky winner in the $10,000 Santa Cash drawing Saturday morning at Will Rogers Downs Cherokee Casino. The winning number was 0786314.
Nguyen plans to use the prize money to pay off his daughter’s new vehicle.
“We were so surprised, I called my wife and she thought I was kidding,” said Nguyen.
Nguyen has attended Santa Cash every year for the past six years.
“I would like to thank the Cherokee Casino, Claremore Chamber of Commerce and all of the sponsors,” he said. “My family and I have been so blessed.”
Kim Hargis-Peck, Claremore, took home the $2,500 issued by Suburban Chevrolet Saturday. A veteran of Santa Cash, Peck and her girlfriends have attended the event every year for the past 10 years.
“I was in total shock,” said Peck. “This is something my close friends and I do for fun but we never plan on winning anything.”
Peck plans to make some donations, buy some last minute Christmas presents and put the rest in the bank.
“God bless our troops and the families of Newtown, Conn,” she said.
Winning ticket numer was 0992161.
The $1,500 third place ticket 0919239 was donated by Robertson Tire. Persons with this ticket number may claim their prize (after verification) by contacting the Claremore Chamber of Commerce at (918) 341-2818.