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Detroit Lakes man wins Zorbaz Camaro

Jim Brogren of Detroit Lakes sits behind the wheel of a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 that he won Sept. 12 at the Little Pine Lake Zorbaz. Zorbaz gave away the Camaro as part of its 40th anniversary celebration.

Jim Brogren is the new proud owner of a restored red 1969 Chevrolet Z-28 Camaro.

Brogren won the classic muscle car Sept. 12 at the Little Pine Lake Zorbaz near Perham as part of the restaurant's 40th anniversary celebration.

Even before winning the car, Brogren had a premonition of sorts about winning the car. He first won a weekly drawing in June, which qualified him for the final contest last Saturday.

"The day I got drawn in June, I just knew I was going to win," he said.

His co-workers wished him good luck, but told him not to get his hopes up.

"I'll be coming home with it," Brogren told his co-workers the day before the drawing.

The final stage of the drawing was based on several games of chance that revolved around different card games.

Brogren said everyone had to start out by picking a number -- he chose No. 43 -- and early card games that included drawing a specific suit, or eliminating by odds or evens.

The final game involved picking a card in Zorbaz founder Tom Hanson's shirt pocket. Down to five contestants at that point, one man won the right to choose the winning card by winning several rounds of "rock, paper, scissors."

That man picked the winning card, choosing his own right instead of Hanson's.

"No, my right," Brogren recalled the other contestant saying.

Hanson asked if he was sure, and the contestant said he was.

"I won," Brogren said. "He picked the wrong pocket."

Brogren said he received plenty of attention driving the Camaro home from Perham.

"Everyone was honking at me as I was going down the road," Brogren said.

It's the first time he has owned a classic muscle car, but he's not the only Camaro owner in his family.

He said his mom owns a red Camaro convertible.

As of now, Brogren doesn't have plans to sell the car. He's received plenty of offers, though, including one from his younger brother.

"I've had a lot of people call me trying to buy it," he said. "I'm just going to play with it."

There is one plan for the Camaro and that's letting Tate Jansen, operating partner of Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes, be designated driver for one night.

"I said 'Good luck, I'll be a designated driver,'" he said.

Jansen added: "I was excited it was a local person."

There were two Camaros that could have been won, a red or black one. Hanson kept the black car.

That's fine with Brogren, though, since he picked the red one when he originally filled out the drawing slip in June.

For now, you can't miss Brogren when he's out and about in the Camaro. Besides being a distinctive car, it's adorned with the Zorbaz logo.