Two fortunate individuals from London, Ontario, and Fergu, respectively, recently claimed amazing prizes from the Dream Home Lottery. The lottery’s prizes included a dream home and a 50/50 ticket draw.
Proceeds from the lottery go towards hospitals in the London area and the tickets sold out within 31 days. This was the sixth consecutive time the tickets have sold out, setting a new 50/50 prize record.
Jim Wood from London drew a winning ticket that offers him the choice between one of two dream homes, a vacation for life prize, or the $1 million cash option.
Robert Mark Wilkie of Fergus took home London’s highest ever 50/50 draw prize, pocketing an impressive $708,000.
According to the lottery officials who called both men to inform them of their good luck, they had similarly incredulous reactions.
Wood commented on the choice laid out before him, saying, “It’s a tough decision but it is life-changing. I have got to say you are the best call I have had pretty well all year.”
John MacFarlane, the president and CEO of London Health Sciences Foundation said,
“Our community has done it again. A sold-out lottery, record-breaking 50/50 and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of patients and families at London’s hospitals. Because you choose to care, specialized treatment options and ground-breaking research are made possible at our hospitals.”
The funds generated by the lottery are funnelled into the London Health Sciences Foundation, the Children’s Health Foundation and the St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation. Over $47 million has been raised by the Dream Home Lottery in its 25-year history.
Michelle Campbell, the president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation also commented, saying,
“That creates a health-care system we would not have otherwise, in London and our community we enjoy a level of healthcare that a lot of other communities do not have because this lottery enables so much.”
Campbell advised that the collected funds had previously assisted in the refurbishment of twelve operating suites and that the new influx of cash would be put towards the advancement of medical prototyping systems.
The prize home in question was designed by Bridlewood Homes in collaboration with 12|26 Design Co. The abode is a completely furnished, 3,311-square-foot luxurious and modern property, valued at just below $1 600,000.
The other grand prizes include another house designed by Wastell Homes and situated in Sunningdale as well as the “vacation for life” package, which comprises a $150 000 gift certificate from Robert Q, a 2022 Airstream Atlas RV and $500,000 in cash. As mentioned before the winner may also choose to take the prize as a $1 000 000 cash award.