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3 win PNM BMWs

By JULIEN NEAVES Saturday, February 1 2014

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BMW winners: PNM political leader Dr Keith Rowley, centre, congratulates Prakash Kowlessar, left, and Kamara Ramhit, right, winners of two of three BM...
BMW winners: PNM political leader Dr Keith Rowley, centre, congratulates Prakash Kowlessar, left, and Kamara Ramhit, right, winners of two of three BM...

WHAT would you do if you won a brand new BMW 3 series 2013 worth $430,000? If you are the winners of the People’s National Movement (PNM) second Three Car Raffle you would either keep it, give it to your daughter as a surprise birthday gift or give it to your 81-year-old grandmother to be chauffeured around.

The presentation ceremony for the red, black and white BMW vehicles took place yesterday at the show room of BMW importer Richmond Motors at Richmond Street, Port-of-Spain. Each raffle ticket cost $100.

Kamara Ramhit, 30, from East Trinidad said she bought about five tickets and was “shocked” when she won, adding that the only thing she has ever won is a tea cup and saucer. She explained that the red BMW will be given to her grandmother and “she will be quite happy”.

“It’s a gift from all her grandchildren. Because she needs something to move around in, to go the temple and whatever. So she’ll be taken care of,” she said.

She noted that when she is behind the wheel of the vehicle she will be driving grandma.

Regeine Raghunanan, 18, from San Juan, was given the white BMW after her father bought about 3,000 tickets, spending an estimated $30,000. “It was a lot. The car that he had home was filled (with tickets),” she said. She received the amazing news of the prize on her birthday on January 12 and it was the best birthday gift ever. She is not able to drive it yet, however, but will be getting her licence soon. Winner of the black BMW, 30-year-old accountant Prakash Kowlessar, said he has been admiring BMW vehicles since he was a child and by winning the car he has started off 2014 “with a bang”. Richmond Motors Sales Manager Jason Jagdeo thanked the PNM for its continued support and the winners, who are now proud owners of “the ultimate driving machine”. PNM political leader Dr Keith Rowley explained that the raffle is to sustain the party’s political activities. He pointed out that last year the PNM fought four elections — one in Tobago, two bye-elections and the Local Government election — and it takes money to sustain a political party outside of elections. He noted with the approval of the Finance Ministry they plan to have another raffle. PNM deputy political leader Rohan Sinanan later said 95 percent of the tickets were sold out, and an audit of the funds raised will be done.

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