MLK Commission Car Raffle Winner Reacts


SAN ANTONIO - An exciting day for San Antonio.

We helped World Car Nissan and The Martin Luther King Jr. Commission give away a brand new car.

I talked to the big winner. She wasn't the only one to get some much-needed help.

"I am so overwhelmed and happy and wow," winner Kristine Hopkins said.

Kristine Hopkins is the lucky winner of a 2015 Nissan Altima donated by World Car Nissan.

Hopkins said, "I did call my husband and he didn't believe me. So when he gets home I have to show him the news."

She purchased six tickets for the car giveaway weeks ago and had put the possibility of winning out of her mind. That was until she got a phone call from District 2 Councilman Alan Warrick with the good news.

Warrick said, "Hello Kristine. You just won a car."

The raffle benefits The MLK Commission Scholarship Fund. The community raised more than $70,000 this year. Sinclair San Antonio pitched in $10,000 of that, and $5,000 was donated by Harvey Najim.

A live drawing for the car give away was held Tuesday on News 4 San Antonio at 5 o'clock.

MLK Scholarship Committee Chairwoman Priscilla Hill Ardoin said, "And the lucky winner is Kristine Hopkins of San Antonio, Texas."

Hopkins says she was at home taking care of her dog when she got the news. She turned on News 4 just moments after the live announcement.

"You just won a car, a brand new Nissan Altima," Warrick said.

Hopkins replied, "Oh God is so good. Oh my God. Thank you so much."

Her family currently drives a pick-up truck. However, she plans to surprise her daughter away at college with the new car.

Hopkins said, "She's been driving a 2006 Jetta that has way too many miles, and has been on its last leg and everything's quite working on it, so I'm planning to drive it up to her."

The nicely equipped Nissan Altima is a 4-door automatic. It's black in color with black interior.

Warrick said, "Thank you for giving to the scholarships, the kids are the real winners."

"I say that's fantastic. I'm so glad I really support that and I'm so glad you guys partnered with them to raise the money for something like that," Hopkins said.

All Bexar County high school seniors are encouraged to apply for a MLK Commission Scholarship. The deadline to submit an application is 4 o'clock, February 26th.

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