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Talk about being in the driver’s seat with lady luck as a passenger.

When Bay Ridge residents Tom and Beth Antoniello went to buy a new car at the Plaza Automall complex in Midwood, they ended up winning one being raffled off at the dealership’s office across the street.

“We kept hearing the word ‘raffle,’ while we were negotiating the price,” said Antoniello, adding that when his wife finally inquired about the clamor across the way, she was informed that a car give-away was in progress, prompting the retired union electrician to hoof it across the road to the showroom at 2740 Nostrand Avenue, where he arrived just in the nick of time to post his entry.

The first two raffles retrieved by Toyota General Manager Nick Guadagno went unclaimed, but the third was Antoniello’s, who “jumped up and down” when he heard his name read, causing his wife, a teacher at Public School 204 in Bensonhurst, to rush over for the good news.

After a brief celebration, the Antoniellos sold the car right back to the dealership, and will put the money they receive towards the purchase of a newer model Hyundai Elantra.

“It was a very lucky day,” quipped Antoniello, whose good fortune even extended to the $10 scratch-off lottery ticket he bought to celebrate — winning $100 on the spot.

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