United Way’s Colorado or Cash giveaway takes unexpected turn

Each of the 10 finalists were given a key, and the winner's key was supposed to start the 2016 Chevy Colorado

One by one, 10 finalists tried to start a truck at Greenwood Chevrolet. The winner would be holding the key that started the ignition.
One by one, 10 finalists tried to start a truck at Greenwood Chevrolet. The winner would be holding the key that started the ignition.

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Every year, Greenwood Chevrolet in Austintown partners with the United Way to give one lucky donor a free car.

Five people from Mahoning County and five from Trumbull County were randomly selected for a chance to win. They were each given a key to put into the ignition. The winner would be holding the key that started the vehicle.

The event has been held annually for the past few years, but on Thursday night, the contest took an unexpected turn.

Stacy Tibbs was the lucky winner of a 2016 Chevy Colorado on Thursday night, during the United Way's Greenwood Colorado or Cash giveaway.
Stacy Tibbs was the lucky winner of a 2016 Chevy Colorado on Thursday night, during the United Way’s Greenwood Colorado or Cash giveaway.

The prize was a 2016 laser blue Chevy Colorado. One by one, the 10 finalists tried to start the truck with their keys.

When the first nine keys didn’t work, David Stout — who was holding the last key — thought he was a shoo-in.

Unfortunately for Stout, that wasn’t the case. It turns out that the auto lock steering wheel had gotten stuck, so none of the keys worked on the car.

The finalists were given one more shot, and Stacey Tibbs — had the winning key.

Tibbs credited her grandson, William, with being her good luck charm.

“I told him he had to pick the winning key, and he picked the winning key!” she said.

The Colorado or Cash giveaway meant Stacy could keep the truck or take home $15,000 in cash. She drove home in the brand new pick up truck, because she said she loved the color.

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