United States Air Force Staff Sergeant Wins Grand Prize in Ocean Institute’s Million Dollar Home Raffle
Will Choose Between $1 Million Cash or a Laguna Beach Home
DANA POINT, CA, November 11, 2013 – Former California resident, 27 year old Nicholas Elias, now stationed in Florida, is the Grand Prize winner in the 2013 Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle. Elias will have the opportunity to choose between $1 million cash or a Laguna Beach home. When reached by phone, Mr. Elias said, “This is the best Veterans Day celebration ever!”
The raffle will return again in 2014. For a complete list of raffle winners, visit www.ocean-institute.org
“Congratulations to Mr. Elias and all our winners in our 2013 Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle,” commented Dan Stetson, Ocean Institute president. “In addition to those who took home prizes, our real winners are the thousands of Southland school children who participate in our ocean science and maritime history programs. The funds raised in the raffle play a crucial role in allowing us to continue to offer these programs.”
Other top raffle winners included Joshua Hetland of Chino Hills, who won a dream vacation or $10,000 cash and Brett Spirlin of Newport Beach, who won artwork by Wyland or $5,000 cash. Winners in the multi-ticket drawing (those who purchased two or more tickets) included Chris Stark of Irvine, who won a Lexus RX450h lease or $15,000 cash and Denise Howell of Newport Beach, who won a dream vacation or $10,000 cash. Refer-your-Friends winners included Florence Sears and Stephanie Masterson of Orange, who won a Lexus IS250 lease or $7,000 cash.
Other prizes awarded included stays at the Montage Laguna Beach and South Coast Plaza shopping sprees.
Nearly 700 attended the drawing; ticketholders who came had the opportunity to win a variety of door prizes, including cruises, paddle boards, bikes and gift certificates. Among those in attendance was Derek Moore of Orange, the Grand Prize winner in 2012. Moore noted that he again bought tickets for the 2013 raffle.
The Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle benefits the Ocean Institute and Irvine Public Schools Foundation among other eligible non-profits. It is the most successful home raffle in California, awarding a home or $1 million cash every year from 2005-2013.
“We’re proud to have awarded over $10 million in prizes since 2005,” commented Susan Goggin, whose agency GCA Santa Barbara developed the raffle.
About The Ocean Institute: Founded in 1977, the Ocean Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to ocean preservation through education, setting the standard for educational excellence and serving as a leading resource for universities, museums, teachers and all others seeking to increase their knowledge of the ocean. The Ocean Institute is open to the general public on weekends, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Cost: $6.50 adults, $4.50 children (ages 4-12), Ocean Institute members free. Unique maritime and ocean-themed items are available in the Chambers Gallery every day, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Institute address: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point. Website: www.ocean-institute.org. Phone number: (949) 496-2274.
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