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PEOPLE IN THE NEWS LUXURY SEDAN WAS OUT OF PLACE

A man who won a year's use of a $30,000 Lincoln Town Car said thanks but no thanks -- the luxury sedan may suit urban commuters, but doesn't fit the rugged lifestyle in his remote hometown.

"This is battered, rusty pickup truck country," said Bruce Cain, 33, an accountant in the town of about 500 residents, 190 miles northeast of Anchorage.

"Between frost swells and holes in the road and temperatures that can reach minus-50 in the winter, a Town Car would be a bit impractical -- and eccentric," he said.

"It's too ritzy for Glennallen," said his wife, Shirley.

Use of the car was a prize in an Alaska Airlines promotional game.

"It just doesn't fit the lifestyle," Cain said. "What would that car look like after an entire year up here? I drive $500 pickups."

Budget Rent-a-Car Corp., which would have provided the car, instead sent Cain a check. The amount was not disclosed.

"Everything worked out nicely," said Budget spokeswoman Ellie Bennett. "Bruce didn't want the car and we weren't too optimistic about its long-term health."

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