The Ocean Institute in Dana Point is holding a fundraising raffle and Grand Prize is a million dollar house in Laguna Beach. This is the fifth year the Ocean Institute has held the raffle, and winners can take either the house or a million dollars in cash.
The first year's winner is the only person to have ever decided to take the house. Susan Goggin, who works in Special Projects for the Ocean Institute, tells Curbed the retired teacher moved into that year's prize, a townhouse, and gave his five bedroom house to his son's family.
Goggin tells Curbed the two bedroom, two bathroom "quintessential California beach cottage" is within walking distance of the beach "on a quiet little street," and has panoramic ocean views from the living room, dining room, and kitchen. It has a wood beam ceiling, hardwood floors, and a remodeled kitchen with granite countertops.
Tickets are $150. All entrants get a membership to the Ocean Institute, which is a non-profit that teaches students about our oceans and runs "hands-on marine science, environmental education and maritime history programs." Tickets for the raffle are available until October 21, and press material says tickets have been sold "in 50 states and 20 countries to tourists and business travelers visiting Orange County and Laguna Beach." That Kristin Cavalleri really makes an impression.
· 2009 Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle [Ocean Institute]
· Ocean Institute [Official Site]