When it comes to winning trucks, it’s hard to argue with Gladys Wolfenbarger’s luck. She and her husband, Glen, have won two trucks through radio contests in the past 25 years.
The most recent came on Friday, Dec. 21, just in time for Christmas.
Wolfenbarger was the winner of the reverse drawing at Hall’s Salvage in Alcoa. The Knoxville woman was delighted when her husband’s name was the last one drawn out of the hat.
“I think it’s wonderful, just wonderful,” she said as WNOX NewsTalk on-air personalities Phil Williams and Hallerin Hilton Hill and Hall’s Salvage owner David Hall announced her husband as the winner.
Wolfenbarger said she and her husband had come to the Alcoa store recently to do some shopping for their home. “I signed him up when we were down here looking at flooring,” she said.
Glen Wolfenbarger was participating in a Christmas play at Heavenly View Baptist Church on Tazewell Pike and couldn’t be on hand for the drawing.
In 1982, the Wolfenbargers won a truck during a contest on radio station WRJZ.
The reverse drawing narrowed the list of qualified contestants from those who pre-qualified to just over 100. Names were drawn with those eliminated walking away with consolation prizes of T-shirts and $20. When the drawing got to the last 10 names, those each received $50. When there were only 2, the runner-up got $100 and a stay at a Gatlinburg hotel.
Wolfenbarger listened as someone else’s name was called, meaning hers was the only one left, and the truck was hers.
The truck certainly outweighed Gladys’ expectations as she said she never had a thought about winning the truck.
“I was just hoping for Dollywood tickets,” she said.
Williams said he enjoyed giving away prizes, especially because it was the holiday season. “We got to make everyone’s Christmas brighter,” he said. “It’s always fun giving away other people’s money.”
Hall thanked everyone who helped make the event a success, including Jackie Jones Ford in Sweetwater. “They gave us a discount which allowed us to buy the truck at a price we could afford,” said David Hall. “Of course this year we had the News Sentinel, News-Talk 100, the Knoxville Ice Bears, WVLT and Pilot as sponsors,” he said.
More than 3,200 people registered for the contest this year. Of the 110 finalists, 102 were showed up to register for the final phase of the reverse drawing at the Alcoa store at 3 p.m. on Friday.
Hall said in the 2006 contest a 72-year-old woman who had never won anything in her life won the truck.
“This year, our winner was a wife here for her husband who was doing work for God,” said Hall, “It’s what makes it all worth while.”