Yes! I got the same prize- I got to keep the ship as well! I always thought that should be the right thing to do with it, but somehow I was always forced to sell it when my business sense was supposed to be "spot on". At least once now, it's been "spot on" enough to KEEP the ship!
He also doubled the amount you lose, at least on this one. Cost me (pers*pers)*80 instead of (pers*pers)*40 which is what it's been costing. almost the cost of a ship at director.