July 9, 2020

Meet the winner of our Tesla giveaway

“My family always gives me a hard time because they think I have a lot of luck,” Ryan O. says.

Ryan O., a 40-year-old salesman living in Kansas City, has won a lot of raffles in his life.

Once, he played 18 holes with professional golfer Tom Watson, thanks to a raffle victory. “My family always gives me a hard time because they think I have a lot of luck,” he says.

Now he can add “Tesla winner” to his list of good fortune — but he almost didn’t believe it.

On Monday, The Hustle’s president emailed him, inviting him to participate in a subscriber interview. In reality, the email was a ruse. But Ryan thought it was a mass email and deleted it.

The next day, he got another message, and he deleted that, too.

After receiving a 3rd email, he gave in. “I said, I’m swamped this week, I can jump on with you next week if you have time.” The reply: It’ll just take 5 minutes.

When we told Ryan over a Zoom call yesterday that he won, he was shocked. Despite reading The Hustle regularly, he hadn’t realized we were running a giveaway.

“As I was talking, I just Googled ‘The Hustle raffle’ to make sure that it was real,” he says.

But the news is certainly welcome. Ryan’s current ride is a 2011 Honda with 227k miles on it.

Daily briefings, straight to your inbox

Business and tech news in 5 minutes or less

Join over 1 million people who read The Hustle

Psst

How'd Bezos build a billion dollar empire?

In 1994, Jeff Bezos discovered a shocking stat: Internet usage grew 2,300% per year.

Data shows where markets are headed.

And that’s why we built Trends — to show you up-and-coming market opportunities about to explode. Interested?

Join us, it's free.

Look, you came to this site because you saw something cool. But here’s the deal. This site is actually a daily email that covers the important news in business, tech, and culture.

So, if you like what you’re reading, give the email a try.