By Sam Jack
Haysville resident Wallace Wright is the winner of the 2017 St. Jude Dream Home raffle, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital announced last week.
Wright was among 8,000 area residents who paid $100 for a raffle ticket; the proceeds benefited St. Jude’s hospitals and clinics that serve sick children.
Wright heard that he had won from his son, who heard the news from a friend, so Wright initially thought it might have been a prank.
“You’ve got to know my son’s friend – he likes to pull pranks and stuff,” Wright said. “Then I got it from my neighbor, which kind of confirmed it.”
Wright entered the raffle for fun, and to support a good cause – not because he necessarily wanted to move to Derby and live in a house with four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a gourmet kitchen and a “man cave” garage.
“The kids are grown and gone, so I don’t need that big of a house,” he said.
Wright walked through his Dream Home for the first time Friday.
“It’s a real nice house, but I just have not decided” whether to move into it or sell it, he said. “I’ve lived in Haysville for pretty much all of my life; I graduated from Campus in 1971.”
Wright retired from Spirit Aerosystems last year, but after four months, Spirit called him up and asked him to come back. He doesn’t have immediate plans to re-retire in the wake of his good fortune, as he told his co-workers repeatedly the day after his win.
“I try to keep a low profile. I don’t need all this attention. And I don’t know what to tell people when they tell me, ‘Congratulations.’ I guess it’s good, but it’s called luck. I was in the right place at the right time, or something like that,” he said.
This is the second year in a row for a Haysville resident to win the Dream Home. Glenda Gaddis won last year.
Two other Haysville residents also won prizes in this year’s raffle. Robert Nunn won “his and hers” Apple watches, plus two $150 iTunes gift cards, and Shirley Appenfeller won a $1,000 gift card.