Bookmaker Doug pays in prizes
Tuesday, 16th September, 2014
How does a race club ensure its major raffle is a fundraising success?
If it's the Silver City Cup, it brings in the oldest bookie in NSW to sell the tickets.
Doug Carroll has been to more local race meetings than some jockeys have had rides, and wild horses couldn't drag the bookmaker away from next month's SC Cup races.
But on every Friday until race day Mr Carroll will be at the Westside Plaza issuing raffle tickets, instead of betting slips, to willing punters.
Tickets cost $5 each with first prize being a 30-litre bar fridge decorated with a Howard Steer artwork entitled "The yabbies are biting".
But wait, there's more. "If you buy a full book I will give you a $5 betting slip to use at the races," declared Doug, who will also sell you a club membership and merchandise.
At 89, Doug says he is officially the oldest bookmaker in NSW - and retirement isn't on his radar.
"I'm not going to give it up until I don't know what $10 at two to one is," he said.