Chrysler 200 winner Gail Schaefer (center) is congratulated by Washington Stealth owner Denise Watkins (left) and Tom Lane of Dwayne Lane's Family of Auto Centers, Saturday on the Comcast Arena floor. (Photo: Conner Watts)
Gail Schaefer is all smiles as she is chauffeured off of the Comcast Arena floor, Saturday in her new Chrysler 200 (Photo: Richard Olson)
EVERETT, Wash. – As her eight-year-old crossover SUV spat, sputtered and then rolled to a stop in a roundabout near Marysville Saturday afternoon, Gail Schaefer was in need of some good fortune, not to mention a good ride.
The Stealth’s winner of a new Chrysler 200 courtesy of Dwayne Lane's Family of Auto Centers just didn’t realize how quickly that luck would appear. Or where.
A long-time Arlington School District employee and current registrar at Haller Middle School just a few miles Northeast of Everett, Schaefer, 61, managed to find a tow and then make her way to Comcast Arena for the evening’s NLL season finale.
The Marysville resident was just hoping for a Stealth win and admittedly a distraction from the afternoon’s roundabout mayhem.
“I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would ever win a car at a lacrosse game,” said Schaefer, who along with her husband Wally have been Stealth season ticket holders since learning about lacrosse while listening to a radio ad during Washington’s 2010 NLL championship season.
“After the game we were watching them dump the many-many boxes of entries in the trunk and never-ever thought that they would pick my name,” said Schaefer.
In fact, entries from some 4,352 fans and others made their way into the trunk. Not bad prospects for odds-makers. Or for the Schaefers.
“When they called our number it felt more like it was a dream and not real. I said ‘Is that me?’,” said Schaefer who has already put nearly 100 miles on the new Chrysler. “It’s the first time I’ve ever won anything like this.”
For the Schaefers, who will be driving their new Chrysler 200 to Saturday’s NLL Divisional Semifinal at Comcast Arena, the high energy, fun and excitement of Stealth lacrosse, away-game viewing events at Sporty’s Beef and Brew and family activities with other fans and the team have become a way of life. And a winter-time passion.
“Even winning the car could not make me a bigger fan than I already am,” she said.
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