Brentwood Lottery home winners plan to convert new home into retirement savings

 

Jason, Kim and Emily Howell stand in their new Golfview Dr. home Friday afternoon after officially taking possession. The Woodslee family plans to sell their new Amherstburg home and use the money to put towards  their retirement savings.

Jason, Kim and Emily Howell stand in their new Golfview Dr. home Friday afternoon after officially taking possession. The Woodslee family plans to sell their new Amherstburg home and use the money to put towards
their retirement savings.

By Ron Giofu

 

Jason Howell admitted he didn’t want his wife Kim to purchase Brentwood Lottery tickets this year.

Owners of a small trucking company, the Howells acknowledge that it is an up-and-down type of business so Jason wanted his wife to not spend money on tickets this year.

“I didn’t want the tickets,” Jason admitted. “I was mad after she bought them.”

She did anyway, and her purchase paid off as the Woodslee couple won the grand prize, a home on Golfview Dr. valued at over $280,000.

“I made him pump my gas,” Kim joked. “I said ‘I just won us a house.’”

“I don’t have good luck,” Jason added. “She’s got all the luck.”

Jason said it is a good morale boost for the family, which also includes their daughter Emily, as bad weather has resulted in some of their trucks being involved in accidents. One of their drivers was injured in a crash in Ohio, resulting in several bones in his face being broken.

The couple found out they had won Jan. 8 but didn’t officially claim the keys from Brentwood officials until Friday afternoon. Kim said there was excitement, but nervousness, when she got the call they had won as she couldn’t find the winning ticket at first.

“I knew I had it. It was a matter of finding it,” she said.

The Howells had a hard time believing their good fortune, adding that they didn’t believe they had won until they actually took possession of the home.

“I don’t think it is sinking in until now,” said Kim.

Kim actually bought six tickets and gave away four during the Christmas holidays. She stated that she actually received a flyer in the mail Jan. 8 reminding them to purchase tickets (the deadline was Dec. 31) only to win a few hours later.

The Howells had been purchasing Brentwood Lottery tickets for ten years, said Jason, and had never won anything. This year was different, however the couple likely won’t keep their grand prize but will sell it instead even though they’ve never owned a new home.

Jason explained their daughter will stay in her school in Woodslee, a school he said they helped fight to keep open, and maintain their larger yard to accommodate their three dogs.

“I don’t think we’d do well in a subdivision,” he conceded, although added that might change down the road.

“It’s a nice street in a nice area but it’s just not feasible for us,” Kim added. “This is our pension. This is our retirement.”

The couple had family go through Brentwood, so they know it is a good cause to give to.

“We believe in it,” said Jason. “It’s a good charity.”

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