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05/12/03

Ocean Springs Family Wins The St. Jude Dream Home

Susie and Mark Richey were speechless when they walked in the house. It was hard for both of them to believe that the three bedroom, two and a half bath home was theirs.

"This is just amazing!" Susie Richey said.

"We thought it was a joke at first and I asked my wife, who did you tell we bought a ticket and she said well I didn't tell anybody. So we convinced ourselves it was the real deal." Mark Richey said.

The Richey's never thought they'd win the home, they just wanted their 100 dollar ticket to help out children in need.

"We have a little boy that's three and his two best friends are twins and the little girl whose four has leaukemia. And we've just seen what she's had to go through with her and her parents. And we just thought it was a little thing, with a chance to win something." said Susie Richey.

And they did win, a beautiful $300,000 home. They will be responsible for the taxes, which is about 35 percent of the cost of the home. The two can't agree on the decision to move in or not, but say there's no question about how beautiful the home is.

"We just have to let it sink in for a little while and see. But it's a beautiful home, it's amazing, but we don't know what we're going to do," Mark Richey said.

Susie Richey says it's the perfect Mother's Day gift and an unbelievable day.

The dream home wasn't the only prize given away. Some people walked away with jewelry, a motorcycle, even a trip to Disney World. Click here to see a complete list of all the winners.

Best of all, the ticket sales from the Saint Jude Dream Home giveaway totaled more than $530,000. All proceeds benefit the Saint Jude children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

by Jennifer Holliman

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