It only takes one ticket to win the St. Jude Dream Home, and Monroe’s Linda Taylor quickly learned that’s true.
Taylor bought her St. Jude Dream Home ticket thinking she might win a car and help a deserving charity, but she never imagined she’d win a brand new home.
“Overwhelmed, happy, thrilled, excited, and I can’t wait to see it you know,” Taylor said. “I never thought I’d have a brand new house. I’ve been in the same house for 30 years, so it’s going to be different.”
Linda toured her new home for the first time Monday, with her daughter and her best friend Nona.
“It’s beautiful, I never expected anything like this to ever happen to me, and it has. It’s just gorgeous,” Taylor said.
She’s been buying tickets every year for the past four years. This year she bought just one ticket.
That’s a one in 7,500 chance of winning.
“Linda’s always played the lottery on little things, and she’s always won little things here and there, but when she got this it was just really like winning the lottery,” said Nona Ledford, Linda Taylor’s best friend. “So when I got home I texted her and asked did you check your lottery numbers?”
Linda Taylor isn’t the only lucky one. The giveaway raised over $750,000 for St. Jude.
“It came down to the wire but selling out was amazing,” said Regional St. Jude Development Representative Maggie Dalessio.
It will still be a few weeks before the house is Linda’s name, but for now she’s still in disbelief that she won.
“Not in a million years, I never thought I would,” said Taylor.
The home wasn’t the only prize. Below is a list of the winners of the large prizes from the 2018 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway:
2018 St. Jude Dream Home Winner:
Linda Taylor, Monroe, LA
Year of Free Dry Cleaning, valued at over $2,000, courtesy of D&D Cleaners Winner:
Bobby McCullen, Famerville, LA
Early Bird Prize: 2018 Mazda CX5, courtesy of Lee Edwards Mazda Winner:
Arkia Thomas, Monroe LA
$2,500 Vacation Getaway, courtesy of the Dream Day Foundation:
James Wheeler, Monroe, LA