A St. Louis area charity held a $1.5 million house and automobile raffle five weeks ago, but nobody's come to pick up the two four-wheeled prizes. A $200,000 Bentley Arnage and a $90,000 Maserati Spyder have been left unclaimed at a car dealership. Word is that the Gateway To A Cure organization (a charity that fundraises for spinal cord injury research) failed to sell 1,800 tickets at $1,000 each to break even, which could have something to do with it.
Besides, it strikes as a bit odd that the dealer in question hasn't been paid for the cars as promised, the alleged raffle winners remain something of a mystery, and according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the contest organizers aren't returning calls. The dealer is holding out hope that everything is on the 'up-and-up,' and that Gateway will come through with the money soon.
A word to those involved: If nobody arrives to claim the prizes, we'll happily dispatch a couple of Autoblog staffers to pick them up. All in the name of charity, of course.
[Sources: St. Louis Post Dispatch, Bentley]