Covington, La. -- One lucky man got his dream house for 100 dollars, and the owner of the new house didn’t even know it was his.
Chances are, if you own a home, you probably worked hard for it and maybe still trying to pay it off. On the market, a two-story house with three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms would go for about 600 thousand dollars.
“The home is kind of a Caribbean style, island style reminiscent of Rosemary beach seaside of Florida,” says Susan Meyer of St. Tammany Homebuilders Association.
And, maybe the most appealing part of this house is that it is up for grabs, free to anyone who bought a 100 dollar raffle ticket for the annual Raising the Roof charity.
After a few spins of the raffle drum, out comes the winning ticket and then into an envelope. In front of a packed house of hopefuls, the winning number is announced.
The winning ticket and the winner of the 2014 raffle house is Chuck Ahmed from Slidell. Chuck Ahmed is nowhere to be found, so he is reached on his cell phone.
A short time later, Abdullah Ahmed also known by his nickname, Chuck shows up. “I’m speechless… god,” Ahmed exclaims. “I’m overwhelmed with this. This happens to everybody else.”
Today, it happened to him. Raised in New Orleans, Chuck moved to Slidell in the 70s. He buys a raffle ticket every year and just walks away, thinking he won’t win.
Now, the only walking he is doing is through his new home. “This is great,” says Chuck. “This is fantastic, but the cause is the big thing.”
The Homebuilders Association has donated more than four-and-a-half million dollars to local charities since 1994. Some of the organizations benefiting from this year’s raffle include local chapters of the Boys and Girls Club and Habitat for Humanity.