LUSBY, Md. (WUSA) -- Joe Chenelly is overjoyed. He won a national contest for having a nightmare bedroom. The reason his bedroom is so bad? It was destroyed during Hurricane Irene.
Chenelly says he, his wife, and five kids are lucky to be alive after an 80-foot tree crashed through their bedroom.
"Normally, we'd be sleeping there," he said.
But that night his wife insisted the family stay downstairs. The tree also came through a portion of the kids' playroom in the basement.
Chenelly entered a national contest on Facebook sponsored by Angie's List called "Is Your Bedroom a Nightmare?"
Chenelly actually got a lot of help from a competitor. A woman who was also a finalist for the prize heard his story and encouraged all her supporters to vote for Chenelly. He says he is extremely grateful.
He won the grand prize: $5,000.