Red Deer STARS home won by Ponoka man

A Ponoka man is now the proud owner of a Red Deer home worth nearly $1 million.

A Ponoka man is now the proud owner of a Red Deer home worth nearly $1 million.

A Ponoka man is now the proud owner of a Red Deer home worth nearly $1 million.

A Ponoka man is now the proud owner of a Red Deer home worth nearly $1 million.

Randy Ferner’s name was drawn as one of the four grand prize winners in the STARS 2011 Lottery Wednesday morning.

His new 2,600 square-foot, two-storey home is located in the Southbrook subdivision and worth $900,000.

“My wife and I are still in disbelief. My friends heard my name drawn on TV and I didn’t believe them at first,” said Ferner, adding that he and his wife have supported STARS for the past 10 years.

The home includes three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, a den, and a bonus room with a private deck and bar. The kitchen features maple cabinets, quartz countertops and a walk-through pantry.

Ferner said he will share the prize with his brother Terry.

An official letter will be sent to Ferner in the coming days and he will work with the home builder, Mason Martin Homes, to arrange a possession date.

This is the first year that all four winners won the prize in or near the city they already call home, said STARS spokesperson Cameron Heke.

“It’s wonderful that people won homes in their own communities,” he said.

“It just adds an extra layer of excitement to the whole lottery draw.”

Emmanuel Caissie of Calgary won the Calgary show home worth $1.1 million, Bob Aloneissi of Edmonton won the Edmonton show home worth $786,000 and Clinton Schafer of Lethbridge won the Lethbridge show home worth $759,000.

This year’s lottery generated more than $10 million for the charitable organization.

STARS has responded to more than 20,000 emergencies across Alberta since 1985.

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