Pride of the Pine Belt: United Way's Home Sweet Home

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

LAMAR COUNTY, MS. (WDAM) - For 2011, the Home Sweet Home Raffle benefiting the United Way of Southeast Mississippi features a house that is located in the Bellegrass subdivision of Lamar County.

The home features over 18-hundred square feet of heated living space. To win a chance to own this three bedroom house with an office all you have to do is purchase a 100 dollar raffle ticket. Dan Kibodeaux is the Executive Director of the United Way of Southeast Mississippi.

Kibodeaux says, "Well we have a minimum amount of tickets that we have to sell to pay for the house, but we sell no more than five thousand tickets and it keeps the odds pretty good at somebody actually being able to win this house."

The two major sponsors of this project include the Greater Hattiesburg Home Builders Association and for the past five years, Leaf River Cellulose. This year Leaf River Cellulose donated 70 thousand dollars to help the United Way cover the cost of the home.

If you would like to purchase a raffle ticket all you have to do is check out the home during a weekend open house, online at, or at the upcoming home show in Hattiesburg. However, the sixth of March is the last day to buy a chance to win the home, which is valued at 214-thousand dollars.

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