Danville woman wins Marin dream home

Raffle generates millions for Marin community group

It was definitely a roller coaster week for Susan Wells and her husband Brad as the Danville residents dealt with a job loss and a million dollar win all within the space of a few days.

Wells purchased a $150 raffle ticket as part of a fundraising effort put on by Community Action Marin. The group provides a wide range of children's, community and mental health service programs all throughout the Marin area.

Last year, the group held its first dream home giveaway, raffling off a beautiful $2 million dollar home. Last year's winner chose instead to take a $1.6 million payout so the home was raffled off again this year, with Wells' ticket being drawn Feb. 21.

The news could not have come at a better time for the couple as they were still dealing with the loss of Brad Wells' job working for a high tech company in Silicon Valley.

Officials with Community Action Marin say they sold around 29,000 tickets this year and awarded $200,000 in prizes besides the home giveaway.

The couple has the option of taking the home, or accepting a $1.2 million payout. So far, the Wells family has not announced which option they will pursue.


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Posted by maggie_salz
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Mar 3, 2009 at 10:06 am

This is such a cool "lottery" story; always nice when big prizes go to folks in need. Of course, there are so many folks in need right now it's hard to make a wrong choice in that regard...

If they pass on the home will it get raffled off again, I wonder? Would be interesting to see the raffle continue indefinitely...I've been seeing a bunch of other $150 house raffles in the bay area, too, actually (just read a story this morning about a "dream house" in SF: Web Link). Your chances of winning are probably better than attempting financing in this market (ha!).

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