Braving the cold weather on Saturday, October 28th to attend the 95th annual Pinckneyville Mardi Gras paid off for one local resident. Cheryl Epplin spent her early afternoon on Walnut Street at the Vendor Fair and purchased 50/50 tickets from the Chamber tent shortly before noon. The total drawing was at nearly $16,000 at the time she purchased her tickets. Chamber volunteers continued ticket sales until 3:00pm that day on Walnut street and 5:00pm at Perry County Marketplace. When the parade began at 7:00pm the total drawing was at $22,111. Chamber volunteers made two rounds in the parade selling 50/50 tickets, raising the drawing up to an amazing $39,062! The Pinckneyville Chief of Police drew the winning number 470140 at 8:33pm. Cheryl claimed a certified check in the amount $19,531 on Monday, October 30, 2017 from the Pinckneyville Chamber of Commerce. The 96th Annual Pinckneyville Mardi Gras will be held on October 27, 2018. Ticket sales will begin on 10.1.18.