For over 50 years, Albert Prendergrast has bought tickets hoping to win the prize home at Vancouver’s Pacific National Exhibition (PNE).
This year was finally his lucky year when his name was drawn Monday night and he became the owner of a new, $2-million contemporary farmhouse in Kelowna’s Kirschner Mountain neighbourhood.
“It’s absolutely gorgeous. Splendid,” said Prendergrast, 77, of Port Moody.
“I live in a house that’s 60 years old, so I probably won’t know how to even run the fridge in the new house.”
Prendergrast doesn’t know if he and his partner, Maureen Newell, will move to Kelowna and live in the the PNE prize home.
“At my age I have some health problems and I have doctors down here in the Lower Mainland,” he said.
“So I’d have to find some new doctors in Kelowna. I haven’t made up my mind yet. I’m still grasping what’s happened.”
As it has been for the past 85 years, the PNE prize home is constructed at the exhibition grounds in Vancouver as a show piece for fair goers to check out and buy tickets.
It is then taken apart and moved to its permanent lot to be reassembled.
This year, Kelowna’s Kirschner Mountain subdivision was chosen as the prize home’s address.
The disassembling, transport and reassembling takes time, so Prendergrast won’t actually take possession of the 3,159-foot house until its all ready in June 2020.
At that point, he can decide to move into the house, rent it out or sell it and have a windfall of money.
After his name was drawn as the winner, Prendergrast and his family had a party in the house complete with Champagne.
Its current location at the PNE’s venue of Hastings Park is much different than where the prize home will end up.
The lot its destined for at Kirschner mountain has expansive Okanagan Lake and valley views.
The home comes with furniture from Yaletown Interiors, KitchenAid and Whirlpool appliances from Coast Appliances, gazebo and hot tub from Coast Spas and a Automower robotic lawn mower from Husqvarna.
The PNE sold more than 668,000 tickets for the prize home draw.
So technically, Prendergrast had a one-in-668,000 chance of winning. However, he bought 15 tickets.
There were also consolation draws for 21 other prize packages from BMW cars and a Harley Davidson motorcycle to vacations and $10,000 and $25,000 cash.
A couple of those winners are from Kelowna.
Irene Cole picked up a $5,000 Build Your Own Vacation gift card and Karen Wesman won a all-inclusive holiday to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for two valued at $5,000.
This year the PNE ran Aug. 17 to Sept. 2 and attracted 730,000 people.