JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The St. Jude Dream Home is officially owned by Lou Robison of Brookhaven! She took a tour of the more than half a million dollar home with builder Brian Burkley a few hours after her name was drawn as the winner.
Lou Robison's reaction was priceless.
Robison said, “Oh, I was playing cards. I play cards every Friday and, believe it or not, I finished the hand I was playing after somebody told me I had won. I couldn’t believe it! But I had a terrible hand, so, anyway though, but I won the house.”
Martha Robison, her daughter-in-law said, “She had already heard by the time I got in touch with her. It took me about five times to get her to answer the phone. So she was playing cards you know, and she said, ‘Well I don’t believe it. You call someone and find out.’ She said, ‘I’m playing cards, I don’t have time.’"
Robison, along with her daughter-in-law and granddaughter, quickly picked out her favorite room.
Robison said, "I like the closet space, I like the shower, the bathtub's wonderful. I love the little sitting area. I think I could sit in there and read."
The retired teacher says she bought her ticket early in 2018 and won 25 hundred dollars. This year she bought her ticket the first day they went on sale.
Martha Robison said, “We knew that she would love it, she loves beautiful things and this house is just beautiful.”
Robison says the most important thing is helping the children who are treated at St. Jude. Builder Brian Burkley and his wife Natalie have been working on the St. Jude Dream Home for 10 years.
Burkley said, “Last Tuesday we were talking about next year. I said, ‘Can we at least give the house away before we start talking about the following year?’ But we’ve got some plans for the upcoming year I think everybody will like. A little bit of a change.”