Linda McIntosh was hardly able to sleep Saturday night.
That’s because just hours before, she was informed she had won a $375,000 home in the annual St. Jude Dream Home giveaway.
“It was quite a surprise, that’s for sure,” said McIntosh, a teacher’s assistant at a church-run preschool.
McIntosh, 62, and her husband, John, live in a recently purchased mobile home in Warner Robins.
They will be in Midland today to tour the home, which is located about 20 miles from Columbus in the Crosswinds Subdivision and features hardwood floors, a custom deck and bonus room.
But McIntosh said Wednesday they do not plan on moving in and will most likely sell the house. John’s parents — who live around the corner from the couple — need them close by.
“They’re not in good health and we need to be around for them,” she said.
McIntosh is the farthest Dream Home winner in the local campaign’s history. This year, ticket sales for the Midland home helped raise $570,490 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
The Warner Robins couple is a regular contributor to St. Jude.
They donate every month to the children’s hospital, which has been recognized for its work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.
The couple has been purchasing St. Jude Dream Home tickets for the past three or four years.
“I thought it’d be a little extra to give to the kids,” McIntosh said. “I didn’t have any idea that I’d win.” McIntosh said she was still getting used to being this year’s Dream Home winner.
“It’s quite an adjustment,” she said.