The Treasure Hunt madness had reached a fever pitch, as Main Street in Washington was bursting at the seams as thousands gathered to have a chance to win over $2.5 million in the Knights of Columbus Treasure Hunt drawing.
Only one number remained, so a winner was going to be drawn no matter what. Parking was at a premium as every parking space available had a vehicle jammed into it for a five- to 10-block radius around the K of C building.
Then came the time to pull out the lucky number.
"The winner is......Guy Hatt of Petersburg," an excited disc jockey Dwayne Shake announced. The crowds cheered as a man made his way through the crowd to the front of the K of C building.
Hatt, a 71-year-old retired millwright born and raised in Petersburg. He is a grandfather of four and a great-grandfather of one.
He purchased 100 tickets in hopes of having his number drawn.
"Unbelievable," a visibly shaken Hatt responded when asked how he felt. "I sure appreciate the K of C for doing this," he added.
The 175-acre family farm that Hatt was raised on is about to be sold, and Hatt had hoped to somehow be able to buy it to keep it in the family name. That possibility just became a lot more possible.
Hatt was greeted with handshakes and cheers as he left the K of C.