By Justin Boron
Fate looked down on Robin Roberts Friday night, and its smile had zeros on the end of it.
She wasn't present at the Pristine Chapel Lakeside, where Clayton County Chamber of Commerce officials were raffling off a multitude of prizes.
But her absence didn't estrange her from fortune.
Instead, Roberts, who works for the Clayton County economic development department, was drawn for the $10,000 prize, beating out the people with names on more than 200 other tickets sold for the
Roberts was one of four others whose luck also turned a profit on a $100 investment it took to enter the lottery. Roland Downing, a former chairman of the Clayton County Development Authority and Robert Oliver, a Jonesboro attorney, both won $500 prizes. Steven Muller, a Jonesboro health care consultant, won a $1,000 prize.
During the drawings, Lady Luck toyed with the audience members listening closely for Shane Short, the president of the chamber, to announce their names.
For the $500 prizes, Short called name after name, unable to find a winner present, a requirement for all the drawings leading except for the Grand Prize.
Dee Patel came close. Purchasing tickets that night, she put her daughters name down on one of them. But when the 2-year old's name was called, Patel said she was at home and unable to claim the prize.
Eventually, Short found tickets belonging to people at the event.
Before the night's $10,000 culmination, guests enjoyed the catering of Up the Creek. The local seafood restaurant at 6703 Tara Boulevard showcased its blackened grouper sandwiches, a shrimp and lobster fondu with wine sauce, skewered shrimp, and seared ahi tuna with wasabi plum sauce.
Ashley Blackshire, a community relations specialist for the restaurant, said the chain has four other locations in metro Atlanta, including Snellville, McDonough, Cascade, Woodstock. It will also have a Woodstock location soon.
Short thanked Up the Creek and the event's other sponsors including the Clayton News Daily in Jonesboro, Russell Printing in Forest Park, and the Pristine Chapel Lakeside in Jonesboro.
Alice Johnson, administrator for the chapel, said typically the venue is reserved for weddings. But she said they also handle anniversary parties, memorial services, and have a full kitchen for catering.