GARNER — Jim Crissman and his wife Barbara were having a great time on the Moody Blues Cruise the first week of April, listening to music while drifting around the Caribbean.
They had an even better time when they found out they had won a parting gift: a new car.
Last weekend, Crissman’s brand new blue, psychadelically-painted Mini Cooper arrived in Garner after the couple won it in a raffle on the ship despite purchasing just one ticket out of thousands.
“It was an amazing time. We’re kind of in shock right now,” Crissman said upon his return.
The cruise featured a smorgasbord of classic rock music. Moody Blues bass player John Lodge was the man who reached in and pulled out the ticket with “John Crissman” written on it.
Tickets for the raffle were $15, with a deal for more.
“My wife and I thought about buying 10 for $100,” Crissman said. “But we decided to just get one between us, and if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.”
And it was.
As for whether they’d keep the eye-catching “Moody Cooper” with a Union Jack on the roof, and rainbows flowing down the sides from the image of the front of a cruise ship on the hood.
“I was surprised that I could fit (in the car) but no worries there. No Ebay for this baby!” Crissman said in a comment on the cruise’s Facebook page.
The next comment came from a fellow patron: “Dude, I paid a hundred on that car for you.”
The 5-day cruise started in Miami and hit Nassau in the Bahamas before venturing south to Grand Turk Island, Turks & Caicos.
Moody Blues was joined by special guest Roger Daltrey of The Who, as well as The Zombies, Carl Palmer of ELP, The Orchestra staring ELO, Starship and Little River Band.
Part of the proceeds from the raffle went to The Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, an organization set up in honor of rocker Ronnie James Dio, who died of stomach cancer in 2010.
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