Craig Smallwood (left) congratulates Patrick Wasson for winning this year’s Red Deer Kinsmen’s Dream Home Lottery. Wasson has the option of moving in to the home valued at $741,930 or receiving $500,000 cash.

Red Deer Kinsmen’s Dream Home Lottery winner announced

A winner has been named for this year’s Red Deer Kinsmen’s Dream Home Lottery.

Patrick Wasson, 59, was the lucky recipient after his ticket was drawn at his new 45 Larratt Close home on Dec. 31.

“It was kind of hard to believe,” he said. “I wasn’t having a really good day, and when I heard that there were six people at the front of my house saying they had pizza for me, I thought ‘what the heck is going on.’

“Now I believe it. I never ever thought I would win.”

Wasson has two options: keep the home valued at $741,930, or to accept a cash option of $500,000. He has a few days to make a decision.

Wasson said he’s leaning towards moving in after taking a look inside the home for the first time on Dec.31.

“It’s a very nice home,” he said. “There’s nice finishes and everything is high-end. It’s pretty cool. It’s a step up from my other place. I’ll keep (my old place) for a while.”

Wasson has lived in Red Deer since 1981, and has been a regular buyer of the dream home tickets. He said supporting the Kinsmen, win or lose, is something he believes is important.

“Usually when I buy my tickets, it’s to make a donation. I’ve seen a lot of good deeds they’ve done and it’s a great service club,” said Wasson.

Craig Smallwood, dream home chair, has been a part of the lottery since 2008. He said there’s a lot of hard work and hours that go into the event, and seeing the reactions of those who win makes it worth it.

“It’s always life-changing. You have to have a lot of money for this not to be a big deal. I think of all the winners throughout the years and it’s always a big deal,” said Smallwood.

Just under 13,000 tickets were sold for the 35th Red Deer Kinsmen’s Dream Home Lottery and another 60,000 tickets sold for the 50/50 draw.

Smallwood said the support this year was overwhelming.

The money raised from the lottery and the 50/50 draw help fund local projects, programs and community groups including: KidSport Red Deer, the Red Deer Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity Red Deer Region.

jonathan.guignard@bprda.wpengine.com

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