How’s this for a hole in one?
A recent lottery winner Wally Markham bought his club club (he was a member) because it was in danger of closing up.
The story first showed up in an Associated Press report. You see, Markham bought a Hot Lotto jackpot in November, netting about $3.5 million after taxes.
The retiree invested most of his winnings, but first set aside enough to buy the faltering La Porte City (Indiana) Country Club.
Markham was already a member of the country club and even volunteered there, mowing the greens and doing odd jobs.
“It was going downhill, and they were financially in trouble,” said Markham, who worked 36 years at the John Deere plant in Waterloo.
Markham declined to say how much money he has put into the country club, which celebrated its reopening recently.
“It’s just a nice place,” Markham said. “The city of La Porte should be happy with what they’ve got. The only reason I bought it was for them. They have a lot of people that like to play golf.”