BAXTER -- It was just an ordinary day Friday for Laurie Hanson of Nisswa.
The ordinary day turned extraordinary when she won a 2006 Buick LaCrosse at Mills GM in Baxter through the national GM Hot Button Contest.
"I could not believe it," Hanson said Wednesday at Mills GM on winning the car. "I never win anything."
Brad Van Vickle, general sales manager at Mills GM, said a total of 1,000 cars will be given away in the national contest. Hanson was the first person to win a car at Mills GM in Baxter through the contest.
Hanson and a friend had lunch plans for Friday.
Hanson's friend had to have her vehicle serviced at Mills GM. So in the meantime, the two women ran errands, had lunch and then came back to Mills GM to see if the vehicle was done. They had to wait another 20 minutes.
The women decided to wait in the showroom. Hanson said Bob Freeman, a salesman at Mills GM, approached them and asked if they knew about the GM Hot Button Contest.
Hanson said she told her friend before she entered the contest, "I never win anything. This is a waste of time, but I will humor this guy."
Hanson pressed the OnStar button and thought she was disconnected.
"I thought that's my luck," she said. "There was like 15 seconds of silence and then a live person came on and told me I was a winner and I was like, 'Yeah right ... What a Hot Wheel?'"
The OnStar adviser told her she won a Buick LaCrosse. Hanson said her friend screamed and then she screamed and everyone in the dealership came running to them.
"When I heard the screaming I thought someone got hurt," said Van Vickle.
Hanson filled out the paperwork to claim the estimated $24,000 four-door Buick LaCrosse. She will have to pay taxes and license fees.
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