Carmel Valley resident among first winners of 2013 Dream House Raffle

Three participants in Ronald McDonald House Charities® of San Diego’s Dream House Raffle are receiving a total of $40,000 worth of prizes in the first of three early bird drawings designed to reward participants who purchase a $150 ticket early in the raffle period.

Today, Devinder Chopra of Mission Valley, Bradley Petersen of Santee and Marialyn Sardo of Carmel Valley were selected as early bird winners and are still eligible to win the grand prize – a $3.2 million Rancho Santa Fe home or $1.6 million cash. As early bird winners, Chopra gets to choose between a 2013 Toyota Prius or $25,000 cash; Petersen gets a Sea-Doo Speedster or $10,000 cash; and Sardo has a choice between a Vespa Motor Scooter or $5,000 cash.

A second early bird drawing is scheduled for March 20 and includes cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $15,000. Eight winners will be selected and tickets must be purchased by March 8 to be eligible for the early bird drawing.

More than 100 prizes are available through the Dream House Raffle, but the main attraction is a 7,700 square-foot home with golf course views. The five-bedroom house also features a 1,500 bottle wine room, outdoor kitchen with built-in barbeque, custom rim flow pool and spa, and spacious casita with separate bedroom, living room, bathroom and kitchenette. All it takes for a chance to win is a $150 raffle ticket, available until May 3. To enter, call 888/824-9939 or visit Raffle ticket purchasers must be 18 years of age or older and meet other requirements. For a complete list of raffle rules and prizes, visit