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05/03/04

Family Wins "Dream Home"

One lucky Biloxi family won a house worth a quarter of a million dollars Sunday.

The St. Jude Children's Hospital Dream Home Giveaway drawing was held Sunday on WLOX.

When Douglas Diers pulled up to the St. Jude Dream Home he was in shock.

"Wow, is all I can say," Diers said.

And now Diers owns this quarter-million dollar house after spending only $100 on a ticket for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway.

"So here's what you won. Let's take a look," Kris Hines, the builder said

The Hines family, who built and donated this house, lined the sidewalk as Diers took a walk-through his new house.

"You can see all the glass. There's 45 windows in the house. That's not counting the doors, french doors. You've got a 600 square foot deck in the back," Hines said.

But the winner of this house had never even seen the house before. He just bought his ticket to give money to St. Jude.

"I didn't assume I'd win anything. It was just a donation to me, and anything other than that was just icing on the cake," Diers said.

"So Congratulations," Hines said.

"Thank you very much," Diers said shaking his hand.

"We had fun building the house. I'm sure you're excited," Hines said.

And as the tour ended, Diers knows this St. Jude Dream Home really is a dream come true.

"It just proves that everybody has a chance, and like I say, even if you don't win, it's for a good cause," Diers said.

It's raising money for this good cause, for the children who need it most.

More than $600,000 was raised from the Dream Home Giveaway for the children at St. Jude's.

By: Claire Nelson

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