2023 Dream Home Grand Prize Winner
Dream Home Raffle grand prize winner Jim Schottmueller and his wife Erin received a check for $120,000 from Duchesne High School on May 30. The check was presented by Duchesne President Susan Noonan.
Jim was cooling down from an hour of physical therapy on an exercise bike a few weeks ago when the Duchesne Admissions Office called and notified him that he had won the grand prize drawing: $150,000 credit toward a new Fischer and Frichtel home or $120,000 cash.
“I was a little bit out of breath,” he said. “I called my wife to give her the news, but when she answered the phone, she said, ‘Don’t tell me; you won a house.’”
She had been told by her sister, who learned of it from a friend who watched the live drawing on Facebook. The word was out.
Jim said the phone call took him by surprise.
“You just don’t think it’s ever going to happen. I figured I won $500 or one of the smaller ones,” he said.
The Schottmuellers have supported Duchesne’s Dream Home Raffle for nearly a decade. Jim, a retired McCluer North High School teacher, saw it as a way to support his students who went on to attend Duchesne. After his former students graduated, he continued buying a single ticket every year.
The Schottmuellers opted to receive the cash prize rather than the $150,000 credit toward a new Fischer and Frichtel home and will use the money to remodel their basement.