TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– David and Becky Doti were out of town when they got the phone call they had won $10,000.

“It was quite a shock to get that call because you see them dump all those ducks. It’s like winning the lottery,” David Doti said.

Doti “adopted” the winning duck from the Wabash Valley Rubber Duck Regatta that took place on July 4. 

Doti, who said it was his second or third time participating in the regatta, said he was undecided on how he would spend the money.

He said he was happy to support the organization, which raised about $48,000 through the fundraiser.

“We’ve always been supporters of Catholic Charities, and since the pandemic came on, I know the challenge here has been so much,” he said.

Assistant agency director for Catholic Charities, Jennifer Buell, said the occasion was a reminder of the benefits of the regatta.

“I am forever amazed at the generosity and outpouring of our community here in West Central Indiana,” she said. “People recognize that it is a fundraiser, it is a time for Catholic Charities to be able to talk about ourselves and raise awareness about the services and programs that we provide and for the communities to step up and help in that effort.”