An equity trader from Richmond, B.C., has won this year's PNE Prize Home.

Marnie Odette said she was watching the Democratic National Convention on TV Thursday night when she got a call telling her she'd won the furnished, 3,000-square-foot home, but she thought the caller was pulling a prank on her.

Odette said she was "completely overwhelmed" when she realized she actually had won.

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PNE Prize Home winner Marnie Odette smiles after touring her new $1.2-million home Thursday night. (CBC)

Odette said she usually goes to the PNE and buys tickets, but this year didn't make it to the fair and instead bought tickets by mail.

So she hadn't seen the house until Thursday night, after she was picked up in a limousine later in the evening by PNE CEO Mike McDaniel and taken to the fairgrounds for a tour.

"It's a beautiful home, just absolutely amazing," she said after taking a quick look around the place. "I could be very happy here."

The $1.2-million, fully equipped house will be dismantled and reassembled at the skiing mecca of Sun Peaks, near Kamloops, by April, depending on snow conditions.

Unlike other lotteries, the PNE Prize Home lottery does not offer a cash alternative.

Odette will not take possession until the house is move-in ready, and she then has the option of selling it.

She said she hasn't had a chance to make up her mind about whether or not to keep the home.

Odette said that, regrettably, she doesn't ski.

"I think I'm the only local who doesn't."

 

With files from the CBC's Kirk Williams