A Georgia man couldn’t believe his luck when he won a C8 Corvette from a scratch-off lottery ticket, but he’s no longer feeling so fortunate after the lottery he purchased the ticket from realized it couldn’t immediately follow through with its end of the deal.
According to Corvette Forum, Dennis Kahler recently purchased a scratch-off lottery ticket because it had one of his favorite cars on it, a C8 Corvette. His card ended up being the grand prize winner, much to his surprise, entitling him to a new C8 Corvette Stingray and a $250,000 cash prize.
The problems started when Kahler reached out to Georgia Lottery to redeem his car and cash. Virtually every new C8 Corvette already has an owner, so it’s been difficult for Kahler to find the vehicle he’s looking for. Furthermore, many dealerships want additional markup for the vehicles that have not been spoken for.
There’s another problem, too. Georgia Lottery assigned the Corvette a value of $107,000, which would allow Kahler to receive some cash on top if his desired specification came in under that amount. He wants a Rapid Blue 2LT trim level model with the Z51 performance package, which rings in at $80,465. The first dealership picked by the lottery affiliation, Five Star Chevrolet, placed a $10,000 markup on the model they had in stock, which Kahler balked at.
“I used to be a general sales manager for a dealership, so I know the way things operate,” he told Corvette Forum “I’m not giving up the money on my purchase by using them.”
The lottery later found other dealerships that were willing to sell the car at Chevrolet’s MSRP, but these stores said they probably wouldn’t be able to get him a car until the third quarter of this year. That’s not very surprising, seeing as the C8 Corvette is in high demand and has faced numerous production setbacks in the past 11 months or so. Despite being a lottery winner, it seems as though Kahler will have to wait until later this year to receive his C8 Corvette, just like many other eager prospective owners that are awaiting their cars.