UPDATE: One Chattanooga family is taking it all in after winning the St. Jude Dream Home on Sunday. The home is located in the Prairie Pass subdivision of Apison and has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. It's worth $500,000.
Ticket sales and other donations helped raise $870,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Channel 3 Anchor David Carroll called the winner, William Jackson, on Sunday. Jackson and his family were overwhelmed with excitement and hopped into their SUV to take a look at their new home.
This was the second time they've entered the St. Jude Dream Home contest and they never expected they would win.
Up until Sunday, the Jackson family had never visited until they got a call saying they were the winners of the St. Jude Dream Home.
"Overwhelmed. We're still trying to take it in. We're still processing it, but it's amazing. It was a total shock to us. A total shock," William Jackson, the winner said.
What you may not know is that William Jackson, an assistant fire marshal for the Chattanooga Fire Department, bought one ticket for a special occasion.
"I bought the ticket for my wife's birthday back in April and kind of just threw it in the drawer, didn't really think much about it. We were just finishing lunch today and got a phone call, so it was totally out of the blue and totally unexpected, but totally welcome. Totally appreciated," Jackson said.
They're glad to be part of something meaningful.
"I feel good for helping others. We've done it before and we were just blessed that we were able to have the money to do it again this year to help somebody else out," Akilah Jackson, his wife said.
One mother who was at the drawing told Channel 3 events like this are very important. Her son was diagnosed with cancer back in 1995.
"It is very heartfelt to be able to participate in events like this and help raise money because without St. Jude's like I said Cody was stage 4 and we wouldn't have had him for four more years," Kelly Heard, a St. Jude supporter said.
The Jackson family plans to move in and call this home. They're still trying to take it in that they won the beautiful home and helped a great cause.
"We'd usually be sitting back on a Sunday watching somebody else saying 'that's great for them. It's a great cause for the organization,' but this time we won. We're so appreciative and so blessed and so grateful," Jackson said.
Built by GT Issa Construction, LLC, the home is valued at $500,000 and with four bedrooms and four bathrooms.
The house will be finished soon and you’ll be able to visit during the free open houses beginning May 21st, 2016. The house will be open Saturdays from 10am-5pm and Sundays from noon-5pm. Register for free during the open houses to win a $5,000 shopping spree from Cochran Furniture.
If you purchase your ticket by May 6th you’ll also be eligible for the Early Bird Prize; an eight-night stay at a luxurious Orlando rental home courtesy of Quinn’s Vacation Homes
Each ticket purchased gives you an opportunity to win the 4,200 Sq. ft. house, as well as these other prizes: Artesso® Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with SmartTouch® Technology, with coordinating soap dispenser, courtesy of Brizo, a $1,000 gift card at Shaw Floors, a $1,000 gift certificate at A Better You Day Spa, a $1,000 gift certificate at The Barn Nursery, a $1,000 gift certificate at Lisa's Gold & Diamonds, and a $1,000 VISA gift card, courtesy of Janie Turner Shetter of Nationwide Insurance.
Only a limited number of tickets are being sold and tickets for the 2015 St Jude Dream Home Giveaway sold out early. You can get your ticket online at Dreamhome.org, by calling 1-800-750-6962, or at any participating Tennessee location of Regions Bank.
The home be given away on June 26th live on WRCBtv Channel 3, beginning at noon and will be live streamed on WRCBtv.com.