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Amherstburg man wins Brentwood Lottery dream home

The grand prize in the Brentwood Lottery has significant Amherstburg connections, as it was not only built by a local builder but it has now been won by a local resident.

The home, which is actually located at 49 Pereira Dr. in Harrow, was built by a team led by Nor-Built Construction but it was David Mickle who was the big winner last Saturday afternoon.

Mickle’s number was called – specifically ticket number B-123890 – and he was announced as the home winner to a cheering crowd in the auditorium at Brentwood Recovery Home in Windsor. It was the final prize of 23 that was awarded Saturday and Mickle was the only winner from Amherstburg.

“To be quite honest, we are quite dumbfounded that we got the phone call,” Mickle told the River Town Times later Saturday afternoon. “We are overwhelmed and grateful at the end of the day. I still don’t know what to say.”

Mickle noted he buys Brentwood Lottery tickets “periodically” but does not purchase them every year. This is the first time he has won anything in the Brentwood Lottery and noted it was his biggest win in any lottery or raffle anywhere. He knew the draw was coming up but didn’t keep up with when the draw date was.

“It certainly caught me out of the blue,” he said. “It was a total surprise.”

Unlike previous years where there was a cash alternative, the home itself will be awarded this year. Mickle was unsure last Saturday afternoon what their plans are for the home.

“We have no idea at this time,” he said. “We’re still processing the whole thing. No idea what we’re going to do with it right now.”

Mickle anticipated meeting with Brentwood officials and builder Norbert Bolger this week to claim the home and then decide whether to keep it or sell it.

“We’ll see what goes from there,” said Mickle.

Mickle’s phone rang constantly ever since the announcement he was the dream home winner. Family and friends called to congratulate him and his family.

“We’re extremely grateful to Brentwood and very fortunate,” he said.

Elizabeth Dulmage, executive director of Brentwood Recovery Home, said the excitement could be felt throughout the home.

“It’s a wonderful, positive energy,” she said.

The Brentwood Lottery offered over $1 million in total prizes and Dulmage said just shy of 700 tickets were sold this year.

“We were a little bit lower than last year,” said Dulmage.

Dulmage thanked everyone from the staff and volunteers, to the sponsors and ticket purchasers, adding “it takes a village” to present it annually. She said the numbers aren’t in yet, but estimated Saturday the lottery would bring in more than $500,000 in revenue for Brentwood Recovery Home. It is their largest fundraiser of the year.

Now held electronically, the lottery was in its 32nd year.

Brentwood Recovery Home has 68 beds and Dulmage said 43 are funded in part by the Ministry of Health. The additional 25 are paid for through fundraising efforts.

“I cannot emphasize enough the importance the lottery is to us,” she said.

Other Amherstburg connections included the Ford Mustang coming through Joe Meloche Ford and Re-Lighting being one of the many sponsors. Lynn’s Variety was also thanked for helping to sell tickets.

By Ron Giofu

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