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CROWN POINT | There's 1-in-80 odds of winning a cash prize, 75 prizes including the grand prize of $225,000 or the choice of a new home, and two organizations that help change lives will benefit.

It all adds up to the Northwest Indiana House Raffle 2012.

The Northwest Indiana House Raffle is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that helps fund outreach services and programs for families, children and senior citizens in need through St. Jude House and Crossroads YMCA.

“Our commitment to each organization’s objectives contributes to healthy families, communities and societies,” said Lourdes Castellanos, Northwest Indiana House Raffle spokesperson.

Raffle tickets cost $150 each and may be purchased in person at three area YMCAs or by phone Sept. 25.

The grand prize winner in the drawing Sept. 28 will have a choice of one of seven new homes in Dyer, Griffith (St. John Township), Crown Point, Lowell, Schererville or Hobart valued at up to $280,000. The homes’ builders include Cook Builders, Komark Builders, O’Donnell Homes, Phillippe Builders, Providence, Ridgemoor and VanProoyen Builders Inc.

The top winner could select a cash prize of $225,000 instead of a home.

The second through 75th prizes are cash, ranging from $25,000 for second to $175 each for 65th through 75th prizes. Rules are posted at Click on “Prizes."

Three local residents who toured the raffle houses during June and July already have won prizes in a drawing. Joyce Barker, of Hobart, won an 40-inch LDC TV. Bernadette Parish, of Griffith, and Julie Zasada, of Cedar Lake, each won $250 in the Home Tour raffle.

The Times Media Co. is the 2012 Northwest Indiana House Raffle corporate sponsor.

Funds from the sale of raffle tickets will be split between St. Jude House of Crown Point and Crossroads YMCA, which has facilities in Crown Point, Hammond and Griffith.

St. Jude House is a safe emergency shelter and provider of services for victims of domestic violence and their dependent children regardless of creed, gender, race or national origin.

The facility provides housing, counseling and compassionate assistance. The St. Jude House website,, says that through educational programs, the staff and volunteers work to teach others to recognize the cycle of domestic violence, to empower them to break that cycle and to offer support and follow-up.

The YMCA is an association of men, women and children committed to bringing about lasting personal and social change.

Programs and services at the Y focus on nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being and providing opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

Through these efforts, the YMCA enables youth, adults, families and communities to be healthy, confident, connected and secure, according to the Crossroads Southlake YMCA web site,


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