Thomson turned out to be the end of the rainbow for one North Carolina man.
When Doug Bush made his annual trip to the Masters Golf Tournament in April, he was able to find lodging at the Best Western White Columns Inn in Thomson. While there, he purchased raffle tickets to win a golf car.
As it turns out, one of the six tickets Mr. Bush purchased was the lucky one. Last Thursday, he returned to Thomson from his home in Hickory, N.C., to pick up the golf car.
"Now I wish I had bought a lottery ticket that night, too," he quipped as he was being congratulated.
The raffle was sponsored by Thomson Plastics and the Wilson Company to benefit Relay For Life. They sold tickets from March until May, and held the drawing during the Relay event. One ticket was $5, or three for $10.
The car, made by Club Car, contains more than 90 parts that were made at Thomson Plastics, plant president Jerry Harrison said.
Although she doesn't ever make the Masters Golf Tournament trip, Mr. Bush's wife, Joanie, accompanied him on the four-hour drive to Thomson last Thursday. Mr. Bush, who works for Omni Supply in North Carolina, said this year's stay in Thomson was a first for him.
"But it won't be my last, I can tell you that," he said.