Woman wins new Rio Rancho home

Melissa Reeves of Los Lunas was the grand prize winner of the new Abrazo home valued at $275,000 as part of El Ranchito de los Niños’ annual House Raffle Giveaway. (Courtesy of El Ranchito de Los NiÑos)

A Los Lunas resident was the winner of a new home in Rio Rancho as El Ranchito de los Niños recently announced the winners of its annual House Raffle Giveaway.

Melissa Reeves won the grand prize: a new Abrazo home valued at $275,000, according to an event news release.

“It’s been surreal. I’m so excited, I haven’t slept all weekend. I knew the drawing was on Saturday and told my kids that we have to pray extra hard. What a blessing,” Reeves said after the drawing held on Nov. 18.

The 1,750-square-foot home in the Mariposa community was built by Abrazo Homes and a team of local businesses. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit El Ranchito de los Niños, a nonprofit children’s home “dedicated to keeping brothers and sisters together who would otherwise be separated in foster care.”

According to event officials, a maximum of 4,000 tickets were sold for $75 each.

“This year’s house raffle was one of our most successful ever,” Abby Eden, special events coordinator with El Ranchito de los Niños, said in the release. “Abrazo Homes was amazing to work with and the public was so supportive purchasing tickets.”

Tickets were sold out several days before the drawing, she said.

Officials said the building lot was donated by 4 Sisters LLC, while construction materials and labor were donated by Abrazo Homes, Builders Source Appliance Gallery, Community Sciences Corporation Land Surveying and Planning, Interior Specialists, Inc., JLK Construction, Longhorn Construction, Otero & Sons Roofing, Builders FirstSource and United Stoneworks. Cliffdweller Digital, Su Casa Magazine and KRST radio provided marketing and advertising assistance for the event.

Other raffle winners were: Andamo Sanchez of Questa, who won the first place prize of $7,500; Debora Caputo of Rio Rancho, who won the second place prize of $5,000; and LeRoy P. Garcia of Albuquerque, who won the third place prize of $2,500.

For more information about El Ranchito de los Niños, go to www.elranchitonm.org.