Shepparton’s Robert Scowen was one happy man last week when he drove away from Shepparton Hyundai in a brand new car he won from Mooroopna Rotary Club’s New Year’s Eve car raffle.
Raffle co-ordinator and club member Laurie Fagan said Mr Scowen often entered the car raffle or other competitions and whenever he walked past a table selling raffle tickets, he grabbed another one or two.
‘‘It took a while to get a hold of him — I think he may have thought we were playing a joke, it took him a while to believe he’d actually won the major prize,’’ Mr Fagan said with a laugh.
Mr Fagan said last year’s Mooroopna Rotary Club New Year’s Eve event drew in one of its biggest attendances for a number of years.
‘‘I know a lot of families very happy with the event, police were happy — it was just an all-round good evening,’’ he said.
‘‘We really appreciate the support of the local community and business sponsors to make the event possible, and any profits made go back to local causes.’’
The car raffle tickets went on sale in September before the draw on New Year’s Eve.
This year Mooroopna Rotary Club sold 25000 tickets and all three prize winners were from Shepparton.
On the night, 2500 tickets were sold.
‘‘We sell to a wide variety of people across the Goulburn Valley and also sell tickets outside the region,’’ Mr Fagan said.
The car raffle has been going on for more than 35 years.
Mr Scowen drove off in a Hyundai I30, named by website Drive.com.au as the Car of the Year, valued at $24990.
Second prize was an iPad from Data Parts, third prize was a three-piece matched luggage set provided by Lyn McNaught Travel, Mooroopna.