Surprise woman wins $1M in Health & Wealth Raffle

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 3:49 PM

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A woman from Surprise is the grand prize winner in the Health & Wealth Raffle. She was presented with a check for $1 million live on Friday's "Good Morning Arizona."

Katherine Oetken has played in nearly every raffle since the Health & Wealth Raffle debuted more than 10 years ago, according to a spokeswoman for Dignity Health, which operates St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.

Oetken believes that the raffle is all about giving to research at St. Joseph's Hospital and Barrow Neurological Institute.

"My sister died of esophageal cancer, and I have esophageal problems," she said. "The research done here could help people like us someday."

Oetken plans to use her unexpected windfall to pay off a few debts and perhaps move into a bigger house. She said she will save the rest for retirement.

 

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