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ND woman wins $500K house in contest

FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- A Kindred woman has won a new $500,000 home in a promotional contest held in Fargo.

The Forum reports that Michele Gilbertson picked the winning key Saturday at Scheels Arena to claim the home by Great Plains Integrated Marketing and Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead.

Gilbertson was one of 25 people randomly drawn from a field of 800 finalists to choose a numbered key from a box. With the winning key in hand, she opened a door on stage and stepped through it to wild applause from the estimated 2,500 people gathered in the hockey arena.

Gilbertson says the lucky draw for the West Fargo home will allow her family them to move out of their roughly 90-year-old farmhouse, which she says is "getting ready to tumble down."