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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

There's still time to buy a raffle ticket for a chance at a new car -- and to support Niswonger Children's Hospital

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – We’re down to the last few days to purchase a Spirit Gala raffle ticket, but it’s not too late to buy one for a chance at winning a new car or a cash prize – and to support Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

Click here to buy a ticket.

Tickets are $50 apiece, with the raffle grand prize winner receiving a new car graciously donated by Champion Chevrolet Cadillac. The winning ticket will be drawn and announced at the Mountain States Foundation’s Spirit Gala on Saturday, Jan. 27, at The Venue at the King’s Centre. You do not have to be present to win. You can buy tickets online until 5 p.m. Friday and then at Champion Chevrolet on the day of the event.

Only 4,000 tickets can be sold, and winners each of the last three years were Mountain States team members who got a surprise phone call at home on the night of the gala. Last year it was Terri McLemore, pre-visit coordination representative.

Like all the past winners, Terri didn't think she would actually win but thought it was a worthy cause.

“I kept putting it off and putting it off,” Terri said about purchasing a ticket, “and then I realized the gala was just a few days away, and I’d better get on it. I only bought one ticket and didn’t think I even stood a chance of winning a car. I just knew buying that ticket was donating to a good cause.”

The winner will get to choose one of three cars: 2017 Chevrolet Silverado Double Cab 2WD, 2018 Cadillac ATS or 2018 Chevrolet Traverse FWD. There are also cash prizes for the first, second and third runners-up of $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000, respectively, to be drawn after the grand prize.

The deadline has passed for using payroll deduction to buy a raffle ticket, but they are still available at