Whitestone cottager wins $12,000 bunkie in online contest

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Megan Hanna had never won anything in her 20 years on Earth.

Until, that is, she entered the Bunkie Life contest on Facebook and won a $12,000 bunkie for her parents’ property on Whitestone Lake.

“I was watching the Super Bowl with my family — I knew it (the contest) was going on, but I thought it’s not going to be me — I’ve never won anything; it’s not going to happen,” said Hanna.

“I entered it just for fun. You don't know if you don't try.”

However, on Feb. 7, her name was called during Bunkie Life’s Facebook live draw.

“A few other people on the lake were tuned in and they called my parents to ask if I was with them,” said Hanna, of how she learned her name had been called as the contest winner.

Bunkie Life is owned and operated by David Fraser, who builds and sells bunkies, which are small cabins.

According to Hanna, there were over 113, 000 people who entered the contest.

“I called in and it was on a livestream and I sounded like a total idiot because I was in shock — it didn’t feel real; it was so cool,” she said.

For almost six years, Hanna’s family has own property on Whitestone Lake and she said it was always part of her family’s plan to build a bunkie, or something similar, on the property for friends and family to stay in when they visited.

The bunkie hasn’t made it to Whitestone Lake just yet and will have to wait until road restrictions are lifted in the spring.

“I’m really excited to have my own space to be able to come up there,” said Hanna. “And, also give my parents the space to have family and friends over, when COVID is over, and be able to entertain because that’s what they love doing — that’s what the cottage is for.”

Sarah Cooke’s reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative.

, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Parry Sound North Star