Ronit Shy, a 48-year-old mother of three, was shocked when she was among 200 Israelis chosen for a recent housing lottery.
"I didn't believe it. I answered the phone and thought they were pulling my leg," says Shy, who is divorced and works two jobs. She says there were 6,000 entrants.
Her current home in Rosh Ha'ayin — an Israeli suburb of Tel Aviv tucked up against the West Bank, where she's lived her whole life — is a duplex created from a bungalow tossed up decades ago when the town was quickly built for a influx of immigrants.