START YOUR ENGINE: Ballina’s Chris Woods sits in the driver’s seat of her new Lexus, with husband John (left) and Ballina RSL Club general manager Bill Coulter and the club’s vice-chairman Bill Moore (right).
START YOUR ENGINE: Ballina’s Chris Woods sits in the driver’s seat of her new Lexus, with husband John (left) and Ballina RSL Club general manager Bill Coulter and the club’s vice-chairman Bill Moore (right).

Lucky ticket wins $87,000 sports sedan

CHRIS WOODS couldn't keep her hands from her face.

With a bunch of flowers tucked under her arm, there were tears, smiles, and hugs - and there were plenty of congratulations from wellwishers.

Last Sunday the Ballina woman, in front of a packed Ballina RSL Club ground-floor lounge, opened a suitcase to reveal she was the winner of possibly the richest give- away seen in Ballina, a Lexus IS 250 sports luxury sedan valued at $87,000.

“I just can't believe it,” Mrs Woods said as she was handed the keys to the silver car.

There were 10 people in the final draw for the car, all anxiously waiting to open their suitcases, Deal or No Deal style, to see if they had a new car for their garage.

Mrs Woods had suitcase number two.

She was lucky to be in the final 10 at all.

There were 400 tickets in the draw to pick the final 10 ticket-holders.

The 400 had been decided through five weekly draws.

Eight entries were drawn in each over the 10-week period the promotion took place.

Vice-chairman of the Ballina RSL Club, Bill Moore, drew the 10 ticket-holders to be in the running for the car.

But two of those first 10 picked didn't present themselves within the four-minutes time frame set down in the promotion rules.

So another two tickets were drawn from the barrel - and Mrs Woods was one of those two selected in the first redraw.

A final redraw had to be made to get the last ticket-holder in the top 10.

Mrs Woods only had one ticket in the draw. She had bought dinner.

As it turned out, it was the only one that counted - the winning one.

“I'm sure I'm dreaming,” Mrs Woods said as the door on the car was opened so she could sit inside, still lifting her hands to her face.

“I can't believe it.”

She said her husband, John, had a dream a fortnight ago that she would win the car.

All up, the Ballina RSL Club offered a total of $132,900 in the promotion, including the car and cash giveaways.



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