Gregg Green and his wife of 24 years, Karin Hardin, have never owned a brand-new vehicle. He drives a 1998 Dodge pickup, and she drives a Honda she only described as “old.”
That changed Saturday afternoon when Green received a telephone call and learned his yellow rubber duck was the first to float across the finish line at the Roseburg Rotary Duck Race at River Forks Parks.
The prize: A hot yellow 2013 Chevrolet Camaro valued at $25,990 donated by Clint Newell Auto Group.
Green, who when asked his age replied, “Old enough to win a car,” said he was shocked when he learned he had won the grand prize.
After all, the Roseburg resident’s lone $10 ducky was among 10,663 purchased to raise money for six Douglas County organizations working to prevent child abuse. The race raised $106,630.
Hardin is the director of Healthy Start, one of the groups that will benefit. She recalled leaving her husband home in the garden while she attended the race. She didn’t wait to hear the winners announced.
“I just left the race after noon to run errands and had no idea,” Hardin said.
Green said he received a call from a race organizer that he had won the car.
“I said, ‘Stop messing with me,’” Green said. “I never win anything. The only thing I’ve won is a beer mug in college.”
Last year’s car winner wasn’t as easy to determine. The duck that finished first was one of 30 purchased by Court Appointed Special Advocates of Douglas County board members. CASA had assigned each ticket to a child welfare worker and surprised the lucky winner – Bonnie Parish of Roseburg – two days after the race.
Clint Newell presented Green with the keys to his new car Tuesday.
“I was going to offer anyone here a ride,” Green jokingly said to the crowd.
The couple haven’t decided who will get to drive the Camaro.
“That’s still debatable, but she is a little flashier than I am,” Green said.
“It’s crazy beautiful,” Hardin said.
Green, who works at another auto business, said only one thing matters to him. “All I care about is that it works,” he said.
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