In the end, it always seems to come down to the great buy out.

In the end, it always seems to come down to the great buy out.

This usually is the case during the Blue Springs Rotary Club Car Raffle, held each year as a way to raise money for local charities and organizations. As many as 375 tickets are sold to the raffle, and this year – it was a fast one.

“It was our biggest crowd, but it went pretty fast and that was surprising,” Scott Fullerton, president of the club, said Sunday.

In the end, Twila Gregg, president of Bank 21, bought out the final eight contestants.

That’s par for the course.

“I don’t think I can remember a time when it came down to one person,” Fullerton said. “Someone always ends up buying the remaining people out.”

All participants pay to have one or more balls placed in a large machine. As the night grows darker, the balls become fewer and fewer until 10 remain. At that point, one of the remaining players can “buy” out the others and take home the prize.

To put it in perspective, Gregg spent about $17,000 for $25,000 worth of credit at Molle Chevrolet in Blue Springs. Fullerton said he did not know what Gregg planned to do with the credit.

From the evening’s proceeds, the club funds $8,000 of college scholarships and $15,000 to $20,000 of “checks” to local charities, including the Community Services League, the Hope House, Boy Scouts and the YMCA.

“It’s a great event, something many people look forward to every year,” he said.