James “Jim” T. Williams is this year’s winner of the Wheels and Deals annual fund-raiser hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS). He won the reverse raffle Saturday at Howard Payne University’s the Mabee Center.
Williams had three brand-new vehicles to choose from: a 2012 Toyota Camry, a 2012 Dodge Journey, and a 2012 Ford F150 extended cab pickup.
“I am absolutely shocked about it. You know you go to one of those things, and you think you’re just making a contribution to the cause,” Williams said. All of a sudden, you’re the winner, and I’m like, I’ve never won anything in my life.”
Williams picked up his prize Monday afternoon at Big Country Ford. He “liked the truck,” but ended up picking a 2013 Ford Focus SE worth over $20,000.
“He wanted a more fuel-efficient car,” said Buddy Reynolds of Big Country Ford.
The four-door sedan is “loaded” and gets 33 miles per gallon.
Williams, whose wife passed away six years ago, moved back from Houston six months ago. He is a San Angelo native, but decided to move to Brownwood. “I know more people in Brownwood than I do anywhere anymore,” he said.
A friend encouraged Williams to join the raffle. He purchased his $100 raffle ticket at KOXE Radio. During the event, he was offered $1,000 for his ticket, but he refused it. When it came down to the last three, he thought he was going to be next to the last.
“I was just floored,” Williams said of his win. “I was in a stupor.”
This year’s fund-raiser was billed Wheels and Deals Rockin’ and Rollin’. A total of 373 tickets were sold and BBBS raised a gross amount of $41,550.
“It’s an easy way to volunteer,” Gina Jameson, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brown County, said about the agency’s program. “You can go have lunch with a boy once a week, spend time with him and it makes all the difference in the world to the child.
Williams is considering becoming a “Big” in the “future or somewhere down the line.” For now, his immediate plan is to drive his new sedan to Indiana to see his daughter.