BRANDON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Margaret Massey of McCool has been named the winner of the 2018 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway; a contest, Massey says, she didn't expect to win.
"I was lying on the bed reading the Sunday paper," said Massey. "I was totally shocked, I could not believe it."
It only took buying one $100 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway Ticket, this year, for Massey to win the four bedroom, three and a half bath home in Brandon.
"I have picked out my room, it's got a very big closet," said Massey's granddaughter, Meredith Thomas. "It's just gorgeous. The builders did an amazing job. I love the high ceilings and the beams. I overheard them talking about how they like to incorporate crosses throughout the house and so, to me, that just drives home the meaning of what this house really stands for and the mission of St. Jude's."
With its open-concept layout, Massey says the dream home is much different than the one she and her family have shared for the past thirty years.
"My grandmother loves anything to do with the outside. She loves flowers and plants and she loves animals, so to be able to look outside with all of these gorgeous windows, I think, is amazing," said Thomas. "I think she'd really like that. I know, I do."
So far, the St. Jude Organization has given away more than 460 homes, raising $388.5 million for their patients and families.