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Chance of a lifetime: new house for $50

Father Jim Tiegs, pastor at St. Stephen the Martyr Parish in Omaha, holds $50 lottery tickets that might win him the new $250,000 house behind him. Money from the lottery sales will go to pay off the parish's debt.
Photo by Lisa Schulte

St. Stephen the Martyr Parish in Omaha is giving away a chance of a lifetime – a new house for just $50.

With the purchase of a $50 lottery ticket, people can enter to win a new house in the Mission Park neighborhood valued at approximately $250,000.

The three-bedroom, 1,850-square-foot home is located near the church at 5619 S. 169th St.

Tickets for the lottery went on sale Aug. 8. They can be purchased from St. Stephen the Martyr parishioners and at open houses each Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. beginning Aug. 13 and ending Nov. 5.

There also will be booth sales of tickets at several public locations around Omaha. For information on those locations, contact the church office at 896-9675 or visit the Web site www.

The winning ticket will be drawn at the annual Martyr Magic dinner and auction on Nov. 5. While the event is open to the public, the holder of the winning ticket does not have to be present to claim the prize.

The winner will have the choice of accepting the house or $100,000 in cash. There is a second prize of $5,000 and a third prize of $1,000.

The grand prize will only be awarded if 5,250 lottery tickets are sold. If not enough tickets are sold a cash prize will be awarded instead.

The money raised will be used to reduce the parish's debt, said Father Jim Tiegs, pastor at St. Stephen the Martyr, the largest parish in Nebraska with more than 2,900 registered families and 12,000 members.

"It is our hope that with this lottery we can make more than one dream come true," he said.

The ranch-style house was built by professional craftsmen on a lot donated by Tom and Jerry Torczon, who have grandchildren attending St. Stephen the Martyr School. Melvin Sudbeck and Jim Stover, St. Stephen the Martyr parishioners and professional homebuilders, supervised the construction process.

The house has tall ceilings, a master bath with whirlpool tub and separate shower, a tiled fireplace, wood and ceramic tile floors and a kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a walk-in pantry. There's also a three-car garage.

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