First-time ticket buyer wins $2m lottery home

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Judy Spilak is the owner of a brand new house in Edmonton’s Cameron Heights neighbourhood. It came her way via a winning ticket in the Caritas Dream Lottery, a fundraiser for three Edmonton hospitals.
“I had never bought a lottery ticket,” she says. “Walter (her late husband, who passed away last February) always supported those things.”
Judy says she was watching Global TV on Oct. 18 when she saw a promotion for the lottery.
“They said it was the last day it was for sale. So I phoned.”
The ticket was $100. Then a few days ago, while visiting a relative in the city, the news of the winner came on the TV.
“My son said, ‘Mom, I think you won!’ And a few minutes later they called me.”
As of Nov. 13, Judy hadn’t seen the house and didn’t know much about it. She knows it’s 5,400 square feet, and that she has no plans to live in it.
“I live at Marten River,” she says. “I’m quite happy here.” As for her plans for the new place, “I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
Cameron Heights is situated above a loop of the North Saskatchewan River, across from Terwillegar Park. It’s new enough to appear as a patch of bulldozed dirt on Google satellite images.

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