Linda McIntosh was hardly able to sleep Saturday night.
That’s because just hours before, she was informed she had won a $375,000 home in the annual St. Jude Dream Home giveaway.
“It was quite a surprise, that’s for sure,” said McIntosh, a teacher’s assistant at a church-run preschool.
McIntosh, 62, and her husband John live in a recently-purchased mobile home in Warner Robins, Ga., which is about 90 miles east of Columbus. They will be in Midland Thursday to tour the home, which is located in the Crosswinds Subdivision and features hardwood floors, a custom deck and bonus room.
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But McIntosh said they do not plan on moving in and will most likely sell the house. John’s parents — who live around the corner from the couple — need them close by.
“They’re not in good health and we need to be around for them,” she said.
McIntosh is the farthest Dream Home winner in the local campaign’s history. Four homes have been won by Columbus residents, two by Fort Benning soldiers and two by Phenix City residents. This year, ticket sales for the Midland home helped raise $570,490 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
The Warner Robins couple are regular contributors to St. Jude. They donate every month to the children’s hospital, which has been recognized for its work in finding cures and saving kids with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. The McIntoshes have been purchasing St. Jude Dream Home tickets for the past three or four years.
“I thought it’d be a little extra to give to the kids,” McIntosh said. “I didn’t have any idea that I’d win.”
On Wednesday, McIntosh said she was still getting used to being this year’s Dream Home winner.
“It’s quite an adjustment,” she said.