It only takes one: Supplee wins home in Kosair Children’s raffle

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By Jeff Moore

A call that Tanya Supple of Carrollton nearly hung up on Saturday night because she thought it was a telemarketer turned out to be one telling her she had won a home in Norton Commons valued at almost a half-million dollars.

In a Tuesday interview, Supplee said she bought one ticket during a telethon on WAVE3-TV, after her mother offered several times to go in on one with her. She said this was unusual because her mother isn’t one to gamble or buy tickets on raffles.

They agreed it was a good cause because the money raised from the sale of the $100 tickets benefits the Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville.

Supplee was watching the University of Kentucky football game when the phone rang and her mother answered it. She said it was for her, and she was certain it was a telemarketing call because it was late in the evening, they were having trouble pronouncing her name and most folks who would call her would do so on her cell phone. It’s a call she almost hung up on.

She said she looked down at the caller ID and saw it said “Norton Healthcare” and then put the phone back to her ear to see what they had to say. “You won, you won the house,” the woman on the phone told Supplee. At that point, she let out an expletive, and followed it with, “Are you kidding me?”

After a little more of the call, Supplee said she began to believe that it was real. She was the
winner of the new home in Norton Commons Traditional Neighborhood.

The raffle home, valued at approximately $495,000, features an open concept arts and crafts architecture design with three bedrooms and 2.5 bedrooms, according to a news release from Kosair. It has a living room with a fireplace, a second floor owner’s suite, two covered porches, casual outdoor room, full basement and two-car garage. Other touches include wood floors, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and a geothermal heating and cooling system to save energy costs.

Supplee was invited to see the home Sunday and opted to do so with family and friends because it was staged with furniture that would be removed on Monday.

She said she is still in shock. Supplee said she hasn’t been one to win a lot, but that her father, who died a few years ago was. She believes a little of his luck has now rubbed off on her. Before this, winning $50 or $100 at the casino or on a lottery ticket was a big win, she said.

At this point, she is more than 90 percent certain she will sell the home. “I’m going to have to take out a loan to get it,” she said, explaining she will have to pay gaming taxes on the win.

With family in the real estate business and a good friend who is a lawyer, she said she has already gotten some good advice on how to proceed.

“All the problems you have are good,” her lawyer friend told her.

She said the home will likely sell easily because it is located across from a school and a church in Norton Commons, which has strong demand in the real estate market in Louisville.

The raffle was sponsored by Norton Commons, Sam Swope BMW, The Ramage Co., WAVE-3 News, Leslie Cotter Interiors, Century Entertainment and Walmart, according to the news release.

All proceeds from the fifth annual raffle support the cardiovascular program at Kosair Children’s Hospital through the Children’s Hospital Foundation. More than 550 children in Kentucky every year, or 1 percent, are born with congenital heart defects - the most common birth defect. Congenital heart defects may be so mild that they are not apparent for years, or they may be immediately life threatening. 

The cardiovascular program at Kosair Children’s Hospital provides a full range of services to children with congenital and acquired heart diseases, including diagnostic testing, specialized pediatric cardiac catheterization procedures and surgery. It also includes implanting ventricular assist devices and heart transplant. Heart issues in children are not only life-threatening, but extremely complex. Funds raised from the Home and BMW Raffle, as well as the Children’s Hospital Foundation’s annual Festival of Trees and Lights and Snow Ball, will enhance services with additional state of the art technology for cardiac patients, additional specialists to meet the demands of a growing population of children with heart issues, and a dedicated pediatric cardiac critical care unit to provide optimal care for the patients with complicated non-surgical conditions, such as heart failure and cardiomyopathy, and those recovering from open heart surgery or other heart procedures.