Zuniga was the winner of the raffle for a 1969 Ford Mustang convertible. The car was designed and rebuilt by members of the Mid-Plains Community College classic car restoration, automotive technology and auto body technology programs.
The public has had opportunities to buy chances to win the car throughout the summer and the proceeds from the drawing went towards financial assistance for students at the community college.
For a third year, Zuniga attempted to win the drawing. He spent $10 each on a dozen tickets, motivated by the fact that the funds were assist students at the community college. But, he added the Mustang was a pretty cool incentive as well.
“I like that it is a muscle car and American-built,” Zuniga said. “The ’67, ’68 and ’69 Mustangs all had that great shape.
His wife, Chawnta, is a fan of the muscle car as well.
“We’ve been joking about it for some time,” Chawnta said. “As we walking over from the parking lot I just said, ‘Hey, if you win it, you don’t have to buy one someday.’”
“My heart was beating even before they pulled the ticket and then after it was thump-thump-thump. It was like, ‘Did this really just happen?’”