With a scratch-off ticket he bought in December, Dennis Kahler won a 2021 C8 Corvette valued at $107,000 and a whopping $250,000 in cash. Before you think about how amazing that ‘Vette must’ve looked under his Christmas tree, don’t. He is still trying to get it because, as he explains, the Georgia Lottery really didn’t think this through.
To sum up the issue, before offering a C8 for a top prize, the Lottery didn’t as much as talk to dealers about the odds of actually getting one. So when Kahler claimed the prize, they had to go scouring the dealership network for someone to actually offer one since all orders with GM already have owners. The roadblocks Kahler came across should feel familiar to anyone trying to get their hands on the mid-engined ‘Vette. One dealer offered him one but with a $10,000 markup that the Lottery wanted to pay out of his own winnings; obviously, he refused. Others have informed him they can order one for him at MRSP in the third quarter of 2021, but with no estimate for delivery.
Kahler, for one, knows what he wants: a Rapid Blue 2LT Z51, which comes with an MSRP of $80,465. This means he gets – or should get – the difference between the $107,000 allotted for the C8 and the price for his configuration. He refuses to let the Lottery pay any markup from that amount, and he insists the Lottery should deliver him the ‘Vette before regular buyers have the chance to get it.
The way he puts it to Corvette Forum, “if Georgia Lottery partnered with GM on the deal, someone had to know that getting the order for a new Corvette fulfilled may cause a sticky situation.” He’s since hired legal representation to un-sticky the situation as soon as possible, and he’s going public with the story as a means to expedite proceedings.
At the very least, he got the $250,000 cash prize. It would still not buy him a C8, but hey, silver linings and all that.