Derwood Bousum smiled as he opened the door of his newly acquired 2005 Pontiac G6.
"My old car just sprung a leak in the radiator, so this is perfect timing," he said.
But Bousum wouldn't be driving his car off the parking lot of a local dealership. He would be driving it out of the Grand Ballroom of the Four Points Sheraton on Dual Highway.
The Hagerstown resident was one of almost 400 persons who attended Saturday night's annual YMCA charity gala. Each person who purchased a ticket was eligible to win the car. Through a process of elimination, the evening came down to three finalists. But with a touch of drama, Bousum, who was not one of the finalists, offered to pay $5,000 to each of the individuals in exchange for their tickets, thus making him the winner.
"He suddenly came forward with his offer," said the Rev. Eleanor Doub, chairwoman of the event. "It was an exciting way to end the evening."