An Alberta family flooded out of their home last June has won a house worth nearly $1 million.
High River resident William Rader won a show home in Red Deer through the STARS Lottery, which raised $11 million this year for the helicopter emergency rescue service.
“I kind of almost fell out of my chair. It’s too good to be true right now,” Rader said on Tuesday, shortly after learning about the win.
Last June, his family home was damaged in flooding that devastated the Alberta town of High River.
“We were out of our house for about two months. We were living in our trailer at that time. Things are somewhat back to normal, but not 100 per cent. We did lose everything in our basement. We are slowly rebuilding.”
Rader is married to Tonya Kropf and they have a two-year-old boy named Ethan. The couple is discussing whether or not they will move to Red Deer, which is 200 kilometres north of High River.
“It’s just too much to take in right now," said Rader.
The family is still trying to figure out how to celebrate the win.
"Maybe I'll take her out for supper tonight," Radar laughed.
STARS lottery officials estimate the value of the Red Deer show home at $945,000.
Also announced Tuesday were the winners of show homes in Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge.