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Milford woman wins Chevy Tahoe

By Staff | Aug 9, 2008

Little did Nancy Fear of Milford realize she would be driving home from the Iowa State Fair in a new vehicle – 2008 four-wheel-drive Chevy Tahoe Hybrid.

Fear was chosen grand-prize winner in the promotional drawing Thursday on the Susan Knapp Ampitheater stage at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

It all started back in July when Knapp entered her nonwinning lottery ticket in the Iowa State Lottery’s “Set of Wheels” promotion and was invited to the final drawing at the Iowa State Fair. Even as just a semifinalist, Fear was a winner. Each semifinalist received hotel accommodations and $200 spending cash from the lottery.

During the Iowa State Fair event, semifinalists were gradually eliminated in a reverse drawing. Names were drawn until Fear’s name, the last left in the drawing drum, won the Tahoe Hybrid, the nation’s first full-size hybrid sport utility vehicle. Fear took home the vehicle, a $500 ethanol card and $1,000 cash. The total package is valued at more than $79,000.

Fear admitted after winning the SUV that she was so nervous she let her husband, Dan, drive the Tahoe home from the fair.

“I’ll have all the neighbors over looking at my car,” she said. “They’re not going to believe it. I still can’t believe it.”

Ken Brickman, the lottery’s acting CEO, said the lottery was thrilled to give away the vehicle that was named 2008’s ‘Green Car of the Year’ by the Green Car Journal.

“The Chevy Tahoe Hybrid also won several automotive excellence awards at national auto shows this year so naturally this promotion got a lot of attention from lottery players and car enthusiasts. alike,” he said.

The semifinalists who did not win the SUV also each received a $500 ethanol card. The semifinalists were:

n Raymond Craig of North Liberty.

n Kevin Holtkamp of Burlington.

n James Hunt, Sr., of Marshalltown.

n Shirley Miller of Osceola.

n David Seda of Marion.

n Becky Venneman of Ames.

n Ben Copeland of Omaha, Neb .

Players entered the Set of Wheels promotion by visiting the Iowa Lottery’s Web site at www.ialottery.com and entering the serial numbers from nonwinning $20 “Set For Life” instant-scratch tickets. More than 12,000 entries were received during the entry period from May 23 through July 13.

Fear said she first noticed information about the promotion on the lottery’s Web site and decided spur-of-the-moment to enter her tickets in the drawing.

“I went on the computer and I thought, ‘Well, I might as well enter these,'” she said. “And I’m so glad I did. It was worth it! The next thing I knew I was one of the eight finalists to go down to the Iowa State Fair.”

“I’m just all excited. It’s a nice vehicle,” Fear said. “The Iowa Lottery was no nice and I want to thank them.”

Fear said she and her husband are expecting their first grandchild in February – great timing to be getting a brand-new SUV.

“And now we can haul the grandkids around,” Fear said.

She and Dan are planning a trip to Branson, Mo., in October in their new Tahoe.

“I can’t believe I have this nice of a vehicle,” Fear said. “I’ve never had anything this nice.”

One feature in the Tahoe that Fear is really pleased with is the back-up camera.

“It’s just an awesome vehicle,” she said. “The kids. They want to drive it too. I couldn’t believe I was the only one from northwest Iowa to be a finalist.”

Since the Iowa Lottery’s inception in 1985, more than $2.2 billion has been awarded in prizes and more than $1.1 billion has been raised for state programs.