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High River Flood Victim Wins Lottery Dream Home

Posted by Ryan MacDonald on Thursday, March 27th, 2014 at 7:03am.

Call it Karma, call it divine intervention. Sometimes things just have a magical way of working out.

STARS Lottery home winner

After getting left homeless for two months by the severe flooding in High River last year, William Rader and his young family now own a million-dollar home after winning one of the grand prizes in the 2014 STARS Lottery. The upscale house is in Red Deer.

When Rader, who lives with his partner of 18 years Tonya Kropf and two-year-old son Ethan, got the phone call about winning the dream home, STARS officials told him he'd won, but didn't tell him what he'd won. When he asked what his prize, he almost fell off his chair, thinking he'd likely have won a car or an early bird prize.

Their High River home in Sunshine Lake was flooded throughout the basement and lower levels, forcing the family to live on the top floor, while restoring the rest of their house. At this point, many people are still out of their homes in High River and Rader is thinking about and feeling for his still-suffering neighbors.

Interestingly, Rader and Kropf were on a road trip getaway to Montana without little Ethan when the flooding occurred. They didn't find out about it until they crossed the border back into Canada and turned on their phones' data (it had been off to save on roaming charges).

The home he won, after buying a 18 tickets for $250, is a 2,500 sq. ft. showhome in Red Deer. It features a high-end integrated sound system, open design and a two-storey stone fireplace. Rader isn't sure if he and his family will move up to Red Deer or not at this point. He has lived in High River for the past seven years.

This year’s STARS Lottery raised over $11 million by giving away 3,200 prizes worth more than $5.6 million. The annual lottery remains STARS’ largest source of funding in Alberta, selling out every year and raising $132 million since its inception in 1994.

Ryan MacDonald, B.Sc. Real Estate Professional

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