When Becky Quinn’s husband, Michael, filled out a raffle ticket back in May for the St. Jude Dream Home in Warner Robins, the couple thought they might get lucky enough to win a $1,000 gift card.
They got a lot more.
Michael Quinn’s name was pulled Sunday as the winner of the $350,000 Dream Home in The Tiffany subdivision in Warner Robins.
“We weren’t trying to win a house,” Becky Quinn said Sunday afternoon. “They had some other prizes, and I thought we might get one of those.”
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She wasn’t disappointed, but said “it’s all kind of weird.”
Michael Quinn is out of town working, even though he usually travels only two or three times a year.
“It’s kind of bizarre he’s not here today,” she said.
When she called her husband to give him the big news, “he was shocked,” she said. “He didn’t remember doing it.”
The Quinns, who have been married 28 years, moved to Warner Robins in 1984 from New Orleans when Michael Quinn got a job at Robins Air Force Base, she said. He now works for another company as a computer engineer. Becky is the bookkeeper at Sacred Heart Catholic School. They have one daughter, who is 23.
They bought their current house on Fieldstone Road in 1986, and it is valued at “considerably less” than the Dream Home, Quinn said.
“It’s not one of the expensive neighborhoods in Warner Robins,” she said.
She’s not sure if they will move to the new house or sell it, she said.
They will need to find out how much the taxes are and what it will cost to live in the house, she said.
The new house is 3,276 heated square feet, with five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms.
“So it’s a little more than twice the size of my house,” she said.
The Warner Robins Dream Home raffle is part of a national campaign for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., with houses and other donated prizes raffled off in 34 cities. Locally, all 6,000 tickets were sold for $100 each.
It was the first such home built in Warner Robins, and the second in Middle Georgia. One was raffled in Macon in 2005.
The home was built by Warner Robins home builder Jeff Liszewski, with the help of several other local companies providing various materials and labor.
Founded in 1962, St. Jude’s treats ailing children at no cost to their families regardless of whether they have insurance.
Even though Becky and Michael Quinn had not been on a tour of the Dream Home -- and Becky Quinn didn’t know the address of the house until told by a reporter -- she doesn’t want to go to the house until her husband comes back to town.
“I want him to be there,” she said. “It’s kind of too much. It’s very overwhelming. ... I can’t wrap my brain around it.”
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.