Even though Grand Central Station has become the staging area for tons o’ promotions, it was a little surprising to find two 2005 Lamborghini Gallardos—one orange, one black—in the terminal’s great room the other day on either side of the iconic clock. (Top speed: 192 mph; 0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds.) They’re prizes in the 2005 Columbus Week Raffle being sponsored by a non-profit outfit called the Columbus Citizens Foundation, which runs New York’s annual Columbus Day Parade and has a "commitment to preserving the rich Italian-American heritage and supporting a range of philanthropic causes." Winning a Lamborghini! Cool! So we picked up a flier from one of the Foundation’s helpful representatives. Oh, wait … there’s a catch: each raffle ticket costs $1000 and only 300 tickets will be sold.
—Posted by Catharine P. Taylor