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By Larry Penkava lpenkava@courier-tribune.com Twitter: @larrypenkavaCT

Posted Dec 20, 2018 at 6:28 PMUpdated Dec 20, 2018 at 6:45 PM

  

ASHEBORO — Undre Ross was the winner of a new Nissan Versa Thursday when the United Way of Randolph County had its annual car giveaway to cap off the 2018 campaign.

The Klaussner Home Furnishings worker was one of eight finalists in the giveaway at Asheboro Auto Mall on East Dixie Drive. Each individual picked a key from a box held by car dealer Chris Lackey.

When none of the keys opened the Nissan’s driver door, Lackey looked briefly at Ross’ key, since it had actually turned in the keyhole.

Another try and the door opened, making Ross the winner of the $18,500 car.

Lackey had said his dealership would “take care of the taxes on the car, so you won’t owe a dime.”

Ross said he “just found out my car can’t be fixed. It would cost more than it’s worth.”

Now he has a brand-new car to drive to work or to see his 9-month-old daughter in Charlotte.

“I thank God,” he said. “I’m kind of in shock. I’ve been praying about winning. It’s a complete blessing.”

Ross and the other finalists had been introduced by Elizabeth Mitchell, chief professional officer of United Way. The other seven were Mark Hart of Sapona Plastics, Cindy Harber of Technimark, Brad Sherman of Timken, Janice Scarborough of Regional Consolidated Services, Corey Ingram of Oliver Rubber, Dora Munoz of Randolph County Tax Department and James Matherly of Americhem.