‘I did not expect that key to turn’: Solon woman wins YMCA dream home

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CONCORD TOWNSHIP - Angela Vecchio says she just had a feeling.

"I've been nervous for three days," the Solon grandmother told us, "and I just couldn't sleep and eat, and I just kept thinking 'I'm going to win it.'"

Vecchio says she was really just trying to think positively, "but I didn't think it would actually happen."

She was one of twenty people who might get a chance to turn the key on the front door of a fabulous $450,000 dream house and win it.

Then she drew the seventh position - she'd be the seventh person to try a key in the door.

Seven has always been her lucky number.

And, after her key opened the door to screams all around, it will likely be her lucky number forever.

"I have three children and seven grandchildren," she says, "and it seems like they all come back. They like living with Grandma, so they're going to love it now."

The Lake County YMCA Dream House Giveaway raises money for programs run by the organization, which serve one in four people living in the county.

Over 22 years, the giveaway has raised more than $4 million dollars.

"I think it's fabulous they could raise so much money, and help so many people," Vecchio says.

She now has the choice to keep the house, or take a $200,000 cash prize.

Andrea still works part-time in Chagrin Falls, but it sounds as if she's leaning towards keeping the house.

"It's a nice place to retire, it's beautiful", she says of the home, "and I'll have a bit of a drive to work, but it'll be worth it."

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