COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – It's a lucky day for two people in the Columbus area who won the 2018 Heart Raffle. It's the 15th year of the event and representatives of Mercedes Benz says that this year's raffle is its biggest yet.
"To date, we've raised over six-hundred thousand for the Heart Association. It's the fifteenth year we've done this and the most successful year. We sold 2,515 tickets which is all that we have to offer," says Mercedes of Columbus GM Richard Joyner.
The sell-out event brings in many with the hopes of driving away in a brand-new Mercedes vehicle valued at up to $50,000 dollars.
Participants waited for hours to hopefully have their name not be picked to stay in the competition for the prize.
The American Heart Association says sell-out ticket sales creates many benefits for the greater Columbus area.
"It benefits the people of greater Columbus by improving the research and education of heart disease and stroke, and everything like that. It also helps improve medical advances in the medical field as well. It helps with people learning CPR and saving lives," says Marcus Hill.
Neither of the two winners were in attendance, but they were contacted shortly after the announcement to schedule a day to pick up their prize.
According to the American Heart Association, their names are Lucinda Threats and Richard Rockenstein. Officials with the Mercedes of Columbus say they're looking forward to next year's attendance.
"We'll be back again next year. The Heart Association needs your support year-round. You know, this is a big event that we do now, but they're here in February March and April so they need the continuous support," says Joyner.