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Posted: Friday, February 4, 2011 10:45 am

Jane and Jack Weir bought a winning ticket for Sun City’s 50th Anniversary raffle, but they didn’t take home the prize.

Instead, their friends John and Edith Truitt won the E-Z-GO 2Five golf car donated by Pohle NV Center.

The Weirs purchased six tickets for the raffle, kept three for themselves, gave two to John Truitt for his 70th birthday, and gave the last to another friend. But it would be just their luck that the winning ticket would be one they gave away.

While John Truitt said it felt good to win the golf car, Jack Weir felt a little differently.

“I didn’t feel very good, I was one ticket away!” Weir said with a laugh, but there are no hard feelings between the friends who met in the Bocce Club.

Edith Truitt planned a surprise party for her husband’s birthday, inviting more than 100 guests, but asked that there be no gifts. The Weirs added the raffle tickets to John Truitt’s card as a joke.

“He doesn’t need anything, but we thought, well, we’ll support the 50th Anniversary,” Jane Weir said. “We were glad it was someone we know that deserved it.”

The winners were drawn at the final 50th Anniversary event, a concert by the New Christy Minstrels at Sundial Recreation Center that drew a huge crowd.

Paul Herrmann, a member of the 50th Anniversary committee and the executive director of the Sun City Visitor’s Center, joked when reading the name on the raffle ticket, “John? How many John’s do we have here?”

John Truitt was not one of the Johns in the auditorium that night, he was actually in the hospital.

But Edith Truitt received several phone calls from friends after the concert let out; she finally turned the phone off at 10:30 p.m.

The couple was skeptical at first — they didn’t believe that John’s ticket had been drawn and thought their friends were joking.

“Everyone was very excited about John winning,” Edith Truitt said.

Since the Truitts had bought raffle tickets themselves, they weren’t sure which was the winning ticket, but when they realized the ticket was from the Weirs, all four thought it was funny.

John Truitt is a member of several Sun City clubs, and has already driven the golf car around.

“It’s very nice,” John Truitt said.

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