St. Jude Dream Home winner announced


Reporter: Mychaela Bruner
Photographer: Michael Bradford

PADUCAH - $700,000 toward fighting childhood cancer, a one in 7,000 chance and a brand new home: It all added up to a sold out dream home giveaway. This year, Tony Veltri of Paducah had the lucky ticket.

 He is now the owner of the 2013 Saint Jude dream home.

One $100 ticket for the Saint Jude dream home landed Veltri a brand new address to a brand new house.

Veltri said "Very lucky, but that's all it takes to win. Today was Veltri's first time touring the Saint Jude dream home and he said it already feels like home.

Veltri said he buys a ticket for the dream home every year, but he never expected to hear his name on the news, let alone a phone call from local 6 this afternoon.

"This is my week. I'm so glad in a way and it kind of fits in. I have a stepdaughter that's going to Concord," said Veltri.

His 7-year-old stepdaughter Madelynn has big plans for the new dream home. "I'm going to ask him to have the master bedroom" said Madelynn.

Veltri said the house is built perfectly, just like a dream.

"Shock. This is beautiful. I like the columns, it's got a Mediterranean look so that's a plus," said Veltri.

For now, his plans for the new dream home are still up in the air. "Right now I'm thinking about moving in. It's pretty early to say that. During the week maybe I'm sure that I"ll be able to see it again," said Veltri.

He said his stomach is still in knots over the excitement.

Veltri said, "I was shocked. It's just like a dream house, it's a dream, I guess. I never thought that I would win. It was one of those things, it was a good cause."

A good cause that he said he will continue to support.

After eight Saint Jude dream home giveaway's, with your help, Local 6 has raised about 5.5 million dollars. Also, to note, if you were selected as a winner of any other prizes, someone will be in touch with you this week.

Veltri was not the only winner in this year's giveaway. We also gave away a number of other prizes. The winners of those are listed below:

Early Bird Prize - $2,400 worth of gas, courtesy of Cheers! Food & Fuel: Sid and JoAnn Martin, of Murray, Kentucky

Open House Prize - $10,000 Shopping spree to Fleming Furniture and Ashley Furniture HomeStore: Ronnie Travis, of Paducah, Kentucky

Talo® SmartTouch® kitchen faucet and accessories package, courtesy of Brizo®: Glynn and Beverly McClain, of Mayfield, Kentucky

$1,000 American Express Gift Card, courtesy of Jefferson Orthopedics: James Burgess, of Mayfield, Kentucky

$1,000 American Express Gift Card, courtesy of Bluegrass Dermatology: Candace Hobbs, of New Concord, Kentucky

$1,000 Gift Card to Stanley Steemer: Jennifer Brindley, of Paducah, Kentucky

$1,000 American Express Gift Card, courtesy of Signet Federal Credit Union: Tracy Pollock, of WIngo, Kentucky

Dinner for eight at The Range Steakhouse, courtesy of Harrah's Metropolis Casino: Nancy Shepherd, of Paducah, Kentucky

Vizio 55" LED HDTV Smart TV, Sony DVD/Blue Ray Player & Vizio 2.1 Surround Sound System, courtesy of Lowell King Insurance: Lori Mathis, of Mayfield, Kentucky

Miele Red Velvet Canister Vacuum & Brother Sewing Machine, courtesy of English's Sew & Vac: Lee Rogers, of Farmington, Kentucky

$1,000 gift certificate to Better Built Buildings: Donald Cox, of Wingo, Kentucky

$1,000 American Express Gift Card, courtesy of Bohle Family Denistry: George Chrisos, of Fulton, Kentucky

$1,000 American Express Gift Card, courtesy of Four Rivers Harley Davidson: Jennifer Roach, of Paducah, Kentucky

Traeger Texas Grill, cover and accessories, courtesy of Good Neighbor Pharmacy: Kenneth Taylor, Kirksey, Kentucky

$1,000 American Express Gift Card, courtesy of M. Dean Owen, CPA: Patricia Darnell, of West Frankfort, Illinois

$1000 gift card to Kentucky Oaks Mall, Oncology Associates of West Kentucky: Kenneth Beavers, of Marion, Kentucky

$1000 Visa Gift Card, courtesy of Wendy's: David Hayman, of Bardwell, Kentucky