Imagine the excitement of winning a $380,000 Lamborghini in a contest. That's what happened to one elated Utah man who won the upscale 640-horsepower car in a convenience store contest.
According to ABC News 4, David Dopp, a Frito-Lay driver, won the Italian sports car on Nov. 12 at LaVell Edwards Stadium during Maverik’s “Joe Schmo to Lambo” contest at a football game.
The 2008 lime green Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 was delivered on Dec. 17. Unfortunately the euphoric feeling came to a crashing halt not long after the car was transferred to Dopp's possession. Six hours after receiving the keys to the convertible car, he crashed it while taking family and friends for a ride on the outskirts of town. No one was injured.
KSL reported, "We were coming up a hill, going around a corner; and as soon as we came up the hill, we either hit some black ice or loose gravel or something, and all of a sudden we just started spinning," Dopp recalled. "We ended up in a field, and I back-ended a couple of fence posts."
Dopps says the car was going about 45 mph.
The Associated Press (courtesy of Atlanta Journal-Constitution) reported the 34-year-old man is now saying he's going to sell the Lamborghini because he cannot afford to pay the taxes or insurance on the car. Reportedly, insurance is about $7,000 a year; tax estimates have been reported to be about $100,000.
Dopp says the damage "isn't super bad," but has a punctured oil pan and wheel, and some dents and scratches on both ends of the car.
Currently the luxury car is being held by Dopp's insurance company at a Utah towing yard. Next week the vehicle will be sent to an authorized Las Vegas dealer for repairs. Fortunately Dopp did have insurance as this was reportedly a requirement before taking possession of the car.
"My heart pretty much fell out," Annette Dopp told KSL-TV of Salt Lake City. "They said they were OK. Then (came), you know, that feeling when your heart drops and you're like, 'Oh, my gosh. What do we do now?'"
The family has a plan, however.
"I already had offers on it. I'm going to sell it," David Dopp said Wednesday. "I have bills more important than a Lamborghini. I've got a family to support."
But there's more?
An article published on an auto blog speculates the accident was intentional. Jalopnik queried, "You'd think he'd be heartbroken, right? He's taking it well. Maybe it's because wrecking the Lamborghini was the best thing that could have happened to him. Could he even have crashed it intentionally?"
The Jalopnik article said an "acquaintance" of the car's owner said Dopp used his house as collateral in order to be able to take possession of the sports car. Allegedly the unnamed tipster said [Dopp] was "hoping it is totaled because if so, he'll get the full 300K for it. If not, it gets repaired an[d] he loses 100K to a wrecked title."
Jalopnik also did a follow up article which points to a Facebook post that says it comes from Dopp and was posted on Jay Leno's wall Nov. 27.
The post says, "Hi, I do not know if Jay sees these post but I have a problem on my hands. I know that Jay is a big car guy. I recently won a 2008 Lamborghini 2DR ROADSTER Verde Ithaca. The stupid government wants around $100,000 dollars in taxes and so I am forced to sell it to pay the taxes. Plus as a father of six It is a very impractical car. I was wondering if anyone knew where the best place was to sell it? Thank you for any help that can be given. Sincerely David"
However no other media reports indicate this crash was intentional.
In other car-related news, Digital Journal reported a multi-dollar crash involving luxury cars earlier this month.