Manmeet Sra credits his wife, Simranjot Kaur, for winning the 2019 Y Dream Home this week.
“It was her luck,” he told KTW.
The couple was heading to a local gym when they came across a display table where Y Dream Home lottery tickets were being sold.
Sra turned to his wife and asked her if she wanted to try her luck.
Sra said his wife has better luck, so they bought the ticket in her name.
It was a decision that clearly paid off as her ticket was the last of 638 drawn on Wednesday afternoon in the Y Dream Home in Tobiano.
The final ticket drawn gets the $842,000 home at 110 Cavesson Way. The remaining 637 tickets drawn are assigned subsidiary prizes.
“It was a big return for $100,” Sra said of the price of the ticket.
The couple are recent arrivals in Kamloops, having moved from Calgary last year when Sra was promoted and transferred to the city’s Enterprise Rent-A-Car outlet, where he is a branch manager.
His wife was a pharmacist in India and a pharmacy assistant in Calgary. She is hoping to get back to work at a pharmacy in Kamloops, but is still looking for a position.
The couple had been in Calgary for about seven years before coming to Kamloops.
Sra said they have enjoyed the Tournament Capital since their arrival, calling the city “beautiful.”
They do not have children and Sra conceded their new 3,300-square-foot home might be a bit large for the two of them.
At the moment, Sra said he is not sure what their plans are for the new property in Tobiano — whether they will keep it or pursue an alternative.
“We haven’t come up with a decision yet,” he said. “It could be any possibility.”
The two visited the home on Wednesday evening, just after learning they had won. They hadn’t seen the house prior to that day — Sra said that they didn’t want to build up their expectations — and didn’t get an official tour until Thursday.
“We’re still feeling like it’s a dream,” he said. “It’s hard to believe we are the winner of that jackpot.”
Sra said winning the home is an example of how good things can happen when there is great love in the family and trust one another.
He also thanks God’s grace.
“He blessed with such a great gift, and we should be really thankful to God,” Sra said.
This year’s Y Dream Home lottery sold out after just 10 days in April, which set a new record. A total of 15,000 tickets were sold.
In 2017, Y Dream Home lottery tickets sold out in 23 days. In 2018, they sold out in 13 days.
The house was built through a partnership between the Canadian Home Builders’ Association-Central Interior, Thompson Rivers University’s School of Trades and Technology and the Kamloops YMCA-YWCA.
This is the first year a Y Dream Home has been located outside city limits.
This year’s 50/50 draw winner was Tammy Kawa, who took home $97,000.
The complete list of winners is online at ydreamhome.ca.