St. Jude Dream Home winner tours home for first time
When Stacy Breland heard she won the 2019 St. Jude Dream home, she says she couldn't believe her ears.
"The more text and calls, then we were just like 'this can't be real.' And then when David called I couldn't talk,” she said.
And when she walked into the home for the first time Sunday, she says she couldn’t believe her eyes either.
"It's just so unreal, it's just so beautiful. So beautiful,” Breland said.
Breland was on vacation during the annual live giveaway, so she first heard from friends and family, before checking things out for herself.
"When I saw the video and they pulled out the ticket and said my name I thought oh my goodness,” she said.
Breland bought a raffle ticket on a whim, thinking that she never wins anything. But she thought it would be a nice way to donate to St. Jude.
"I've got a little extra money, so I thought, I'm going to get a ticket, I'll help the kids. It's all for a good cause,” she said. Adding, “I'll never win.”
That whim paid off, with the deed to a 4,000 square foot house in Apison, custom built for St. Jude’s raffle.
And while Breland’s ticket was a winner, it was just one of many sold this year. St. Jude raised $1.2 million for the hospital with the Chattanooga campaign alone. There are about 40 similar events annually across the county.