Bel Air woman who won minivan 'still in shock'

November 22, 1992|By Karin Remesch | Karin Remesch,Contributing Writer

When the network television talk show hostess announced Wednesday morning that the winner of a brand new Mercury Villager minivan was from Bel Air, Md., Dolores Roday's heart skipped a few beats faster.

And then the telephone rang!

She just stared at it for a few seconds, her body rigid. She can't remember getting to the phone, but she does remember answering it and hearing the audience cheering at the other end. bTC Then it slowly began to sink in, she was one of nine winners of a sweepstakes contest conducted on the CBS network morning talk show, "Regis and Kathie Lee."

"I'm still in shock, I still can't quite believe it," Ms. Roday said a day later as she headed to the airport for a flight to Detroit. She appeared on the talk show there Friday morning to accept the van.

She didn't even think she really had a chance. To qualify for the prize, Ms. Roday had to watch the show for five days for clues which had to be jotted on a postcard and sent to the show's home office in New York. She taped the shows, but couldn't find the video for the fifth clue.

"The postcard was due Wednesday and I didn't mail it until late Monday," said Ms. Roday. "I really didn't think it would get there on time."

And after watching winners being selected for seven days, she almost didn't watch the show the eighth day because she had plans to take a relative to lunch. In order to win, she had to watch the show and be able to answer questions about previous broadcasts.

She decided to stay home and tune into the show and that's when her name was drawn.

"My phone hasn't stopped ringing since that initial call," said Ms. Roday, a singer of contemporary and jazz music for several Baltimore-area bands. Ms. Roday says the new minivan couldn't arrive at a better time. "I've been driving a 12-year old Chrysler, and it looks every bit of it."

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