Jason and Stephanie Hurley didn’t think they’d win when the Fort Mill couple purchased a $10 raffle ticket two months ago from a friend to help support a youth baseball team.
When Hendrick Honda salesman Andrew Patterson called Jason Oct. 31 to inform him that he’d won a minivan, Jason’s response was, “What’s the catch?”
He was surprised when Patterson told him, “All you have to do is come pick it up.”
Stephanie Hurley had an even harder time believing they had won when her husband called her with the news. Jason recounts the conversation with his wife:
“Stephanie was in total disbelief. She asked me over and over again, ‘Are you playing with me?’ and ‘You must be kidding.’”
The first thing the Hurleys did was call the ticket seller, friends Robert and Patty Hansen, whose two sons, Seth and Caleb, sold the tickets to raise money for the Rivals baseball organization.
Caleb and Seth sold about 60 of the more than 5,400 raffle tickets purchased by supporters. That means Jason and Stephanie had a .0185 percent chance of winning the van, with the one ticket that they purchased. Even more amazing than those odds is that the winning ticket was the first one Caleb and Seth sold.
Hendrick Honda donated the Odyssey minivan free to the Mecklenburg Optimist Club, which is an organization that supports youth sports and academics in the Charlotte area. There were multiple sports teams and youth programs that sold tickets as a part of that raffle.
“Jason is a big supporter of our Rivals team, he does golf tournaments and buys tickets to support us all the time,” said Kevin Kyzer, the administration for the Rivals Baseball organization. “I couldn’t be happier that he and Stephanie won and am very excited for Seth and Caleb to have sold him the winning ticket.”
The circumstances around these winners couldn’t be better. Stephanie had previously owned a Toyota Sienna minivan and had to downsize to a car in previous years. Not even a month ago, Jason and Stephanie had gone shopping for a Honda Odyssey, in the exact gray color that they ended up winning.
The couple has three kids – Justin, Lane and Jadyn – so having a minivan suits their needs.
“This whole experience has just been amazing. It’s just another way that the good Lord is taking care of our family,” Jason said.
Ashley Stark @akstar