Latrobe couple win new truck decked out for Steelers

Joe Napsha
| Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, 8:58 p.m.

When Latrobe resident Diana Kostelnik received a phone call last month saying she had won a 2012 Ford F150 XLT pickup truck wrapped in the Pittsburgh Steelers logo, imagery and colors, she and her husband, Anthony, were undertandably skeptical.

“At first we were shocked and a little bit leery. I didn't really believe it that day,” Kostelnik, 64, said of their reaction to a Dec. 19 call from a Ford Motor Co. representative who surprised them with the news she had won the “Toughest Truck Toughest Team Sweepstakes” in a random drawing from an online contest.

After talking to family members, they were “pretty certain” by the evening that the call from the Ford representative was legitimate, Kostelnik said.

The retired supervisor from Latrobe Federal Credit Union says she has never won a contest in her life and was shocked to win something as big as a Steelers truck.

“I was just lucky,” said Kostelnik, who was one of about 10,000 contestants from the tri-state region who submitted entries, according to Ford.

Kostelnik said she had submitted her entry one day when she spotted a link to the contest while viewing the Pittsburgh Steelers website. She entered so long ago she is not certain when she signed up for the contest, which started when the Steelers were preparing for their training camp at St. Vincent College and continued through Dec. 14.

Kostelnik and her family saw the truck they will pick up at Latrobe Ford on Jan. 16 when they went to the Steelers' Dec. 30 game against the Cleveland Browns, thanks to the four tickets they also won in the contest. Kostelnik said she was able to treat her two daughters, Kim and Jodi Kostelnik, to the Steelers game when they came home for the holidays from New York.

Diana Kostelnik and her husband, who retired in 2000 from the former Latrobe Brewing Co. in Latrobe, have never owned a truck and look forward to using it during the winter. The couple wants to show their Steelers pride by driving the truck to training camp, as well as taking the opportunity to tailgate during the 2013 preseason.

“What better way to wrap up our 80th season ‘Year of the Fan' celebration than to present one of our fans with this unique and special Ford Truck,” said Tony Quatrini, director of marketing for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The only thing that would have made it better, Kostelnik said, was if the Steelers had won enough games this season to qualify for the playoffs. Then she could have driven her new truck around town during the playoff games.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5252 or

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