• Nov 23, 2008


Click for hi-res gallery from Autoblog's first drive of the Koenigsegg CCX

If you won a lottery that offered you million-dollar supercar or a large cash prize, which would you take? Okay, well you might be a little biased if you're reading Autoblog. So let's make this a little more challenging: what if you lived in a town with no paved roads like Norman Wells (population: 761), some 690 kilometers northwest of Yellowknife in Canada's Northwest Territories, where Louie Edgi lives with his family.

Edgi bought ten tickets for the Alberta Cash and Cars Lottery, which was giving away a Koenigsegg CCX and supports local cancer research funds, on a trip down from his northerly home-town to Edmonton, Alberta, (still considered ridiculously close to the North Pole for the rest of the world, including this Canadian-born writer) to undergo cancer treatment. Since getting the car home would have required a long trip up a winter ice road – a prospect that apparently hasn't caught on in the Northwest Territories as it has in Koenigsegg's home country of Sweden – Edgi opted for the cash instead, and is reportedly feeling a lot better about his treatment now.


[Source: CBC News via Jalopnik]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Its really cool that someone in need had won the prize. I hope he fully recovers. Now... where can I get a ticket for the next sweepstakes?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not too sure why this qualifies as a post on AB.

      Perhaps, what is more interesting than a winner giving up a super car is the fact that the Alberta Lotterry commission (sorry don't know exact name) is giving one away ...

      Do they really expect any lottery winner to keep this car?
        • 6 Years Ago
        It qualifies for Autoblog because it is a million dollar supercar that 95% of all winners would never even see, nonetheless own or get to drive a few times.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No ****ing way, I would have taken the car, driven it for a week, then sold it to some rich collector on this side of the water, who doesn't want to deal with the wait time for shipping. Then with that money I'd move to somewhere that I didn't have to travel far for treatment, get a ferrari or lambo(lower end for both of course) then enjoy my life. But hey I'm a car guy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good call on car vs. cash. Luckily, I was able to snag a ride in that very car at a media event to announce the draw. There was a closed course loop set up at the city centre airport, with local auto journalists and some news crews present. Myself, a younger guy and one or two others knew what the car was.
      When a snoop got in the way of my hot lap, I convinced the driver to take me around another time, with more pepper...
      It. Was. Very. Fast.


      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd take the cash and buy a GT-R V spec. Then use the rest to buy a house and a yacht.
      • 6 Years Ago
      hmmm, that car would have looked nice in chains
        • 6 Years Ago
        Right.

        The only thing more dangerous than driving a Koenigseggeeggegeggggg without the Top Gear wing is driving it on ice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      winning the car does not include insurance and gas consumption, service etc. This was a great investment. with a million cash instead. A house and a porshe carrera, an rs4 or something in this category will satisfy most of our needs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      take the car and drive it for a week? you'd lose over $100k in depreciation right there! you'd lose a 911 right off the bat!

      of course take the money. if you've got 100 mil in the bank, sure take the car, but if you've got a net worth of anything south of 5 mil you'd be a fool not to take the money.
      • 6 Years Ago
      He made the right move. Weather and terrain aside, it takes truck loads of money to keep this thing gassed up and maintained, not to mention insurance. I'm sure it isn't the most practical car for a family out their either. I live in southwestern Ontario, the warmest part of Canada, and I, being an enthusiast, would still make the same choice he did. I'd make some good investments, maybe by a house and a less expensive but still cool car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Southern Ontario is not the warmest part of Canada - The west coast is. In fact, parts of Vancouver Island, including Victoria, is considered a Mediterranean climate. Also, you do know there's a rainforest in BC, right? :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't care what car it is, I'd take a million in cash vs a car ANY day.
      • 6 Years Ago
      In this case, common sense prevails over Swedish lunacy ;)

      Super awesome car though, I would so buy one if I was too damned rich.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would actually take the cash as well.

      As much as I'd love to have a Koenigsegg in my garage, it doesn't make much sense when you can use that money to pay everything off, buy multiple "more sensible" vehicles (that wouldn't cost you more than you can afford to insure, fuel, and otherwise maintain), and hopefully invest in yourself or maybe a business or other type of investment you've been planning and educating yourself about.

      It also wouldn't make a lot of sense ot live in suburbia, be driving some boring sedan or coupe, then have a Koenigsegg in the next garage spot. What? ;-)
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