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Sudden entry wins brand-new Beetle

May 14, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

John Wentz of Maugansville went with his wife into Hagerstown Country Market April 8 to pick up a birthday cake for his 50th birthday.

A quick decision led to him receiving a new Volkswagon Beetle.

While he was in the store, he saw that there was a two-state promotion at 13 Country Market food stores in which a Volkswagon Beetle 2000 valued at about $18,350 was being given away.

While he never had an urge to own a Beetle, he decided to put his name into the drawing anyway, he said. He didn't expect to win, though, he said.

"I never won anything in my life," he said.

But this time he did. The store called him around Easter to tell him he had won the car, which sat new and clean in his driveway Sunday.

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He has another car, a 1998 Ford Contour, so he will probably use the Beetle as a secondary car.

"I didn't need it. But it comes in handy," he said. It gets about 28 miles to the gallon, he said.

The drawing was part of a three-week-long promotion with the theme of 70s nostalgia, said Ray West, spokesman for Supervalu, Inc. Hagertown Country Market is serviced and supplied by Supervalu.

Wentz said he was never really into 70s nostalgia but was surprised and happy to win the car.

He does most of his grocery shopping at the store, he said.

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