Who won Josh Allen’s pickup truck?
AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — A local car dealership said it received more than half a million entries after offering a chance to win a pickup truck formerly owned by Bills quarterback Josh Allen.
The winner was given a choice between a 2019 Ford F150 Shelby Raptor Pickup — owned, driven and signed by Allen — or a $100,000 prize, if they preferred cash or didn’t want to incur the taxes associated with winning the truck.
West Herr Automotive Group announced the winner Thursday, identifying the fan as Josh Gee of Buffalo. Josh and his family took the money.
“We love the Bills organization, we love Josh Allen, and we are very appreciative of West Hair,” said Josh Gee, standing with his wife and their two children. “This is a very nice truck. However, $100,000 is a life-changing amount of money that we cannot pass up. We are extremely grateful to both Josh Allen and West Hair.”
Local fans can enter the contest once per day from September 1 to October 16. More than 550,000 entries have flowed in, West Hair said.
Future plans for the Allen truck have not been announced.
“This is a game-worn truck,” Steve Tasker, Bills legend and West Hair ambassador, quipped during the ceremony, vowing that he had personally seen Allen drive it around town.
West Herr previously said this car is the first car Allen has ever purchased from them after being selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
“So when it came time to replace the truck, we started brainstorming what’s something fun we could do?” Marketing Director Matt Lasher previously told News 4.
The truck was originally black before Allen wrapped it in matte gray, Lasher said.
Two large checks were also presented during the event to the Patricia Allen Fund, which is named after Allen’s late grandmother and supports Buffalo Oishei Children’s Hospital.
Western New Yorkers added donations to their contest entries totaling $17,103.27, West Hare said, noting the symbolism of the donation matching Josh Allen’s jersey number, 17.
Additionally, West Herr President Scott Peeler presented a large check to the Patricia Allen Fund, donating $100,017.
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