The 2017 dream home, on Longmire Close, was built Larkaun Homes. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

WATCH: 2017 Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery winner announced

A carpenter who works most days in Fort McMurray is the winner of the Red Deer Kinsmen’s Dream Home Lottery.

Bryce Danroth, 31, received the good news while he was working in Fort McMurray on Saturday afternoon.

“I was in the truck with the boys for our lunch break, and honestly, I didn’t really believe it,” said Danroth.

The lottery co-chairs had planned to call the winner and pretend they were delivering a package from Canada Post.

But when Danroth told them he was out of town, they dropped the charade.

“My boys from work said, ‘Oh it’s probably just your buddies playing a joke on you,’” said Danroth. “I thought that myself for a bit, but when I saw it online and friends started calling me about it that’s when it sank in as real.”

The $700,000 dream home on Longmire Close was built by Larkaun Homes.

Other prizes were handed out Saturday including a $117,232.50 50-50 ticket payout to Red Deer’s Rod Smith.

“That’s the best news I’ve had in a long time,” Smith said during a phone call with lottery co-chair Scott Bourke.

Some of the other lottery items included furniture, golf trips, a new car and a three-day fishing trip.

Ryan Philip, lottery co-chair, said the annual lottery brings so much joy to the community.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” he said. “It’s amazing Alberta came through to support this – one of the smaller lotteries.”

The total dollar amount raised hasn’t been determined yet, but Philip said it will likely fall between $250,000 and $300,000.

Compared to last year, 50-50 sales are up, but Dream Home tickets were a little down, he added.

All money raised will go back into the community through various charities including Red Deer Food Bank and Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter..

“Everything stays in Central Alberta,” said Philip. “When times are tough, it’s amazing to see everyone step forward and help others out.”

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Dream Home co-chair Scott Bourke calls Rod Smith to tell him he’s won more than $100,000 in the Dream Home 50-50 draw. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

Just Posted

Growing drug-fuelled emergencies at Red Deer’s Buffalo transitional housing complex

City council approves two additional mental health staffers at complex

Climate change, receding glaciers increase landslide risk on B.C.’s Mount Meager

VANCOUVER — Climate change is causing glaciers atop Mount Meager in British… Continue reading

China, US discuss plans for trade talks

BEIJING — China’s economy czar and U.S. trade envoys discussed plans for… Continue reading

‘We’re going to have a deal very soon’: Staff briefed on possible ServiCom buyer

SYDNEY, N.S. — The sudden closure of a Cape Breton call centre… Continue reading

Equalization protests from Alberta likely pre-election talk: Quebec minister

OTTAWA — Quebec’s finance minister brushed off complaints from Alberta on Monday… Continue reading

Sebastian Giovinco, Jonathan Osorio and Adriana Leon up for top CONCACAF awards

Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco and Jonathan Osorio are up for CONCACAF male… Continue reading

Huitema, Cornelius named 2018 Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

TORONTO — Canada Soccer has named striker Jordyn Huitema and defender Derek… Continue reading

Review: Too much Spider-Man? Not in the Spider-Verse

You might be forgiven for feeling superhero overload this holiday season. Had… Continue reading

‘Modern Family’s’ Sarah Hyland had second kidney transplant

LOS ANGELES — “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland says she had a… Continue reading

Orlando SC acquires Canadian Tesho Akindele in trade with FC Dallas for cash

ORLANDO, Fla. — Canadian forward Tesho Akindele was traded to Orlando City… Continue reading

Koskinen notches third shutout, McDavid gets winner as Oilers blank Flames 1-0

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers appear to have shored up their defence… Continue reading

Beyonce performs at pre-wedding party in India

Beyonce brought her star power to a pre-wedding party for the daughter… Continue reading

Kirk Douglas celebrates 102nd birthday

LOS ANGELES — Actor Kirk Douglas got to celebrate his 102nd birthday… Continue reading

Most Read