Hospital supporters get Dreamy wake up calls

Jun. 25, 2015

How did you begin your morning today? A coffee, a shower, a jog? For two hospital supporters, their day started with a phone call - telling them that they had just won the biggest prizes in the London hospitals’ 50/50 Plus draw and the Dream Lottery draw.

St Joseph’s Health Care Foundation President and CEO Michelle Campbell kicked things off at the Dream Lottery home located at 1865 Sumac Way, as she drew 50/50 PlusTM ticket number 187748 at 8:45 a.m. The ticket was purchased by Trudy Smith of Toronto, who takes $417,120 - which is half of the 50/50 PlusTM prize pot.

“I’m overwhelmed, I just don’t even know what to say,” Smith responded when asked if she had any words she would like to share with the media.

When asked if she had ever thought about what she might do if she won, Smith, who has been a long-time supporter of the lottery, said she knows exactly how the money will be spent.

“That’s plopping right down on a house,” she says.

At 9 a.m., Children’s Health Foundation President and CEO Susan Crowley drew ticket number 099916 for the Dream Lottery’s Ultimate Grand Prize. Crowley then called ticket purchasers Fred and Jean Van Tooren from Miller Lake, a small community on the Bruce Peninsula, just south of Tobermory.

Jean Van Tooren was at home when she took the call.

“No way, oh my God!” Van Tooren responded when Crowley told her that her ticket had won the Ultimate Grand Prize.

“I always buy a ticket,” she says, before asking Crowley to confirm what the prize was.

After hearing that she and her husband had won their choice between one of four home packages or $1 million all in cash, Van Tooren asked in disbelief, “This is true? This is no scam?”

The home choices include a home in London with $250,000 cash, a London condo with $500,000 cash, a Grand Bend home with $500,000 cash, or a downtown Toronto condo in the Fort York district with $500,000 cash.

Van Tooren didn’t indicate if she and her husband were leaning towards any particular option.

In addition to the Ultimate Grand Prize and 50/50 Plus tickets drawn today, several Grand Prize and other winning numbers were drawn yesterday (June 24) at the office of Deloitte LLP, 255 Queens Avenue, Suite 700, London, Ontario. All winning numbers were drawn under the supervision of accountants of record from the firm Deloitte LLP.

The primary purchaser of each winning ticket will be contacted by phone and/or mail. The names of major prize winners will be published on Thursday, July 2 in Our London. A complete list of winners will also be posted online the same day. All lottery rules, along with details on prizes and cash alternatives are listed on the lottery website.

Dream Lottery supports Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph’s Health Care London and London Health Sciences Centre.

More Quotes:

“On behalf of the Children’s Health Foundation, I would like to thank everyone who helped support the Dream. Thanks to you, children, youth, adults and their families from Southwestern Ontario and parts of Northwestern Ontario, will continue to receive the absolute best specialized services and exceptional care.”

Susan Crowley, President and CEO, Children’s Health Foundation

"Thank you to all those in our region who purchased tickets for Dream Lottery. Through your support, the 1.5 million men, women and children cared for by London hospitals each year will benefit from innovative technology and equipment that might not otherwise be possible."

Michelle Campbell, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation

“Thanks to everyone who bought Dream Lottery and 50/50 Plus tickets. By supporting our local lottery, you benefit patients from across our region who rely on the dedicated efforts of doctors, researchers, and staff at our London hospitals.”

John MacFarlane, President and CEO, London Health Sciences Foundation

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Together, London Health Sciences Centre, Children's Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre, and St. Joseph's Health Care London receive more than 1.5 million patient visits from across Southwestern Ontario and beyond each year. In addition to caring for London-area residents, the hospitals are referral centres providing specialized services in support of the excellent care of the region's community hospitals.

Dream Lottery - lottery licence: 7184 50/50 PlusTM - lottery licence: 7183

For more Information about Children’s Health Foundation:
Shaun McGill, Communications Director
(519) 432-8062 (ext. 125) or
For More Information about St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation:
Sara Cameron, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
For More Information about Dream Lottery or London Health Sciences Foundation:
Alexander Peterson, Manager, Public Relations

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