A Georgia man won a new Vette and $250,000 cash. There's only one problem.
Imagine the following scenario: you buy a scratch-off lottery ticket and, against all odds, win the grand prize: a brand-new 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray worth up to $107,000 along with $250,000 in cash. That's what happened to Dennis Kahler from Georgia last month. Unfortunately, the Georgia Lottery officials cannot provide the car because they can't locate one at a dealership.
Corvette Forum reached out to Kahler who explained that immediately following his lucky day, lottery officials sent him a letter confirming his win. Officials were then obligated to locate the Corvette of Kahler's choice at local and area dealerships. Kahler knew exactly the spec he wanted: a Rapid Blue 2LT Z51 valued at $80,465, so he'll receive an additional $26,535 in cash once the deal is done. Sounds fairly simple. Only it wasn't.
Lottery officials have been unable to locate the desired car because they're already sold out. Due to production C8 production delays, beginning with the UAW strike followed a few months later by a coronavirus-related factory shutdown, there just aren't enough new Vettes out there. Officials did manage to locate one example, but the dealer was demanding $10,000 over MSRP and Kahler wasn't willing to subtract from his cash earnings.
Ironically, Kahler previously worked in the car sales business, so he knows how dealers work. "I used to be a general sales manager for a dealership, so I know the way things operate," he states. "I'm not giving up the money on my purchase by using them."
Other dealers said they'll sell the car for MSRP, but that brings things back to the same issue of actually locating an unsold C8. Because of the supply shortage, Kahler would have to wait until the third quarter of this year for one of those dealers to place his order, though they can't guarantee a delivery date. Kahler now has his own legal team involved with intent to push things forward.
Still, it's surprising the Georgia Lottery did not have an arrangement with a dealership already in place beforehand. It's now become an embarrassing situation for them and a stressful one for Kahler.