Posted: Sep 4, 2013 2:53 PM by Mike Powers - MTN News
MISSOULA - A Missoula home built by local students and volunteer professionals was recently raffled off.
It was not only a fundraiser for them, but an educational experience as well. The woman who won the home had a stroke of luck, and perhaps some karma.
Lynn Jacobson says there's no place like home - at least when the paperwork is done, and she gets the key.
Jacobson recently won the the raffle for the $300,000 home in the Linda Vista area. She started buying tickets years ago, because her son was involved and she wanted to support the program - and this year she went all in, buying 13 $100 tickets.
"I would buy one like when I had Christmas money or birthday money, or when I'd get my paycheck - I'd [say] I'm going to buy one more ticket," Jacobson explained.
The 56-year-old Missoula nurse had never owned a home as circumstance and obstacles always seemed to crop up. Even though both her adult-aged sons are on their own, she felt a home was important for family.
"I am a person about family and holidays. And I wanted that place where they could come home to," she told us.
Lynn would occasionally swing by the house, look around, pick some weeds. She thought about it a a lot, dreamed about it, knew the exact time of the drawing - and while she was wading in Flathead Lake, said a final prayer.
"I felt a real calmness, a real peace, and I was like 'well this is really great.' It was like letting go of something, and feeling good about the person who was going to win the house. But I walked to the end of the dock and picked up my phone, and there was a call there at 1:10 from a number I didn't recognize," Lynn recalled.
It was a message from the bank to please call right away.
"She said I just want to tell you that you won the student-built house, and I was just like...[screams in joy].
Her takeaway from all this is to have faith, hold on, and then good things will happen. Lynn bought the winning ticket on her late father's birthday.