When local Karen Lee returns from vacation this week, she will be welcomed back to Summit County with $4,000.
Lee won first place in the 29th annual Ice Melt Contest, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Summit County. She guessed the time closest to the one recorded by the device that measured when Dillon Reservoir officially melted.
This year’s contest organizer, Diane Monaghan, announced the winners Friday, May 21, and said the club didn’t need to use its temperature tiebreaker because the winners were very clear. The official time recorded by the device when it fell into the water May 7 was 1:32:10 a.m.
Mary Kumler, 51, of Dillon, took home the $2,000 second-place prize.
“Isn’t that awesome!” she said. “I’ve never won anything before in my life.”
She said she bought five tickets: two with repeating numbers, like 4:20 on April 20, and three random times. One of the random times was the winner.
Third place and $1,000 went to Janice Stout, of Dillon, who Monaghan said bought a ticket on the last possible day.
Stout said she plans to put her money toward a vacation in Alaska in June, though she said she “could always use more photography equipment.”
To learn more about the contest and see official drop times from 1986 to 2013, visit summitrotaryevents.com.