Lottery offers lots to dream about

Mar. 08, 2012

Tickets go on sale tomorrow for the Dream Lottery. Back for its 18th year, supporting St Joseph’s Health Care London, London Health Sciences Centre, and Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre.

With four draws and lots of prizes this year, there is definitely a lot to dream about.

This year’s Ultimate Dream Grand Prize winner will have the choice between a fully furnished, professionally decorated Dream Home in London built by Bridlewood Homes and decorated by Gielen Design with $200,000 cash; or a fully furnished, professionally decorated Dream Home in Grand Bend built by Nicholson Builders and decorated by Exeter Home Furniture with $400,000 cash; or the winner can opt for $1,000,000 all in cash.

There are also 12 Grand Prizes (each with a cash alternative) along with more than $80,000 in cash and gift cards to be won in the final draw. Those who buy early could be eligible for up to three additional draws before the final draw.

Limited tickets available. There are only 160,000 tickets for sale with an additional 7,500 tickets being awarded as prizes during the VIP, Bonus and Early Bird Draws. Tickets have sold out quickly in previous years, so buying as early as possible is best.

Important sales cut off dates to note. Those who buy before midnight April 10 are eligible for the VIP Draw, as well as the Bonus Draw, Early Bird Draw and Final Draw. Those who buy tickets between April 11 and midnight May 1 are eligible for the Bonus Draw, as well as the Early Bird Draw and Final Draw. Buyers purchasing tickets between May 2 and midnight May 25 are eligible for the Early Bird Draw as well as the Final Draw. The ticket sales cut-off for the Final Draw is midnight June 5.

Dream Lottery tickets sell for $50 each, three for $100, nine for $250, and 25 for $500. For those buying the new 25-pack, the cost works out to just $20 per ticket. Starting March 8, tickets can be purchased at the dream homes, by calling 519-488-7100, at participating Shoppers Drug Mart locations or online at dreamitwinit.ca. Full lottery details including rules, a complete prize list, sales locations, maps to the dream homes and important cut-off and draw dates can be found on the Dream Lottery’s website.

The Ultimate Dream Grand Prize Homes open to the public starting tomorrow. The Bridlewood Homes dream home at 2338 Sawgrass Link, London located in Upper Richmond Village at the corner of Richmond St. and Sunningdale Rd. is open 11 am - 5 pm, seven days a week, including holidays.

The Nicholson Builders dream home at 10154 Pinery Bluff Road, Grand Bend is open 11 am – 5 pm Thursday to Sunday and holidays.

The homes will close after the final ticket sales cut off, or when tickets sell out early. In the coming weeks, virtual tours will be posted on the lottery website at dreamitwinit.ca for those who can’t make it to the homes in person.

Quotes:

“Dream is a win-win event; not only does it fulfill dreams for those who buy a ticket, but it builds dreams for our community as well.  All of the proceeds are invested right here in our community, making it possible to continue to advance the care and world-renowned research that builds healthier lives and communities.”
Michelle Campbell, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation

“Over the past 17 years the Dream Lottery has raised over $20.5 million for Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London. Dream is so important to Children’s because it raises the money needed to help support specialized health care and research for sick and injured children and youth, and their families throughout Southwestern Ontario – which really makes them the winners”
Debbie Comuzzi, President and CEO, Children’s Health Foundation
 
“Fundraising initiatives like Dream Lottery help our hospitals enhance patient care. In partnership with the community, our foundations support the innovative and caring efforts of our hospitals’ physicians, researchers, nurses and staff.”
Dan Ross, President and CEO, London Health Sciences Foundation

“With Dream Lottery it’s you win, you choose. If you win the ultimate grand prize - or any of the vehicle, vacation or jewellery prizes - you can choose a cash option instead.”
Rita Fieder, Dream Lottery Manager

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Dream Lottery proceeds support enhanced patient care, innovative equipment, education and research at London Health Sciences Centre, Children's Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care London. These hospitals receive more than 1.5 million patient visits each year, providing excellent, compassionate care for patients and families from across Southwestern Ontario and beyond. In addition to caring for local residents, the hospitals are referral centres providing specialized services in support of the excellent care of the region's community hospitals.

For More Information about St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation contact:
Johanna Mesjarik, Communications Assistant
519 646-6000 (ext. 65449) or Johanna.Mesjarik@sjhc.london.on.ca    

For More Information about Dream Lottery or London Health Sciences Foundation contact:
Alexander Peterson, Manager, Public Relations
519 685-8527 or Alexander.Peterson@lhsc.on.ca       

For More Information about Children’s Health Foundation contact:
Bob Giorgini, Communications Director
519 432-8062 (ext. 125) or BGiorgini@childhealth.ca 

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