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Hey, remember that “dream house” raffle, where you could buy a $150 chance to win a big ‘ol house in the Inner Sunset?

You probably already know that you didn’t win it, Vivian Heinzel of San Carlos did.

Heinzel, a real estate agent, had to choose between taking the house or a $1.8 million dollar cash prize last week.

Upon hearing the news of her win, Curbed SF said “We hope you took the cash!” And, what do you know, their hopes were realized: YBCA spokesperson Kimberly Harding informed us that “she took the money.”

What does that mean for the big house with all the mailboxes? Harding tells us “Since the house will not be given away as part of the raffle, then it will remain with the owner and they can do with it as they wish” explaining “We partnered with an individual to raffle off the house – we had the rights to raffle it off but the ownership wasn’t transferred to us.”

YBCA reportedly made $1.3 million bucks from the raffle. While we’re trying not to read too much into the idea that a real estate agent opted for cash over property, something tells us that the arts organization will end up the biggest winner in this battle for cash and prizes.

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • JTony

    I’m thinking that if they’d ONLY raffled the house (no cash prize) the would have made something more like 3.1 million? Who came up with that plan?

  • JTony

    I’m thinking that if they’d ONLY raffled the house (no cash prize) the would have made something more like 3.1 million? Who came up with that plan?

  • Digidave

    I still don’t understand how this wasn’t a scam.

  • Digidave

    I still don’t understand how this wasn’t a scam.