San Diego Dream House Raffle Names Grand Prize Winner

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Funds Raised from Raffle Support Families in Medical Crisis at San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House

Pomela Flanigan of San Diego is this year’s grand prizewinner in the 13th annual Dream House Raffle, which has raised more than $3 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of San Diego to provide lodging, meals and emotional support for families who have children in a local hospital.

“Not only did we award 1,700 prizes to ticket holders, we were also able to raise more than $3 million that will allow us to serve families who rely on us while their child is receiving medical treatment,” said Chuck Day, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. “We are so grateful to the community for their support of our mission by participating in this year’s raffle.”

As the grand prizewinner, Flanigan receives her choice between $1.3 million paid as an annuity over 20 years or $900,000 as a one-time cash payment.

Additionally, the following prizes were awarded at the event, which was attended by dozens of enthusiastic ticket-holders:

  • Carol Nielsen of Oceanside, California, was the second grand prizewinner and won her choice of a 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550 Cabriolet, a trip around the world or $125,000 cash.
  • Katie Mersch of San Diego (Clairemont) was the winner of the multi-ticket drawing and received a 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio or her choice of $50,000 cash.

While the raffle successfully raised much-needed support for the local nonprofit organization, there were not enough tickets sold to make the grand prize home available as a prize option. For a full list of prizes, winners and raffle rules, visit