London, Ont. – The top two winners of Dream Lottery in support of the regional hospitals
in London were revealed this morning at the Millstone Dream Home in London.
It is a happy morning for hospitals in London too, with the lottery announcing it
raised more than $1 million in this latest draw, lifting the total raised since
1996 to more than $34.6 million (net) for equipment, research and education at London
Health Sciences Centre, Children's Hospital at LHSC, and St. Joseph's Health Care
The ticket for the lottery's Grand Prize (ticket number 99762) was purchased by
Mary Defrancisco of Leamington. The winning ticket number was revealed by London
Health Sciences Foundation President & CEO John MacFarlane, who then called Defrancisco
with the good news.
The lottery was initially unable to contact the grand prize winner, but she called
later in the morning.
Initially in disbelief, Defrancisco was worried it might be a bad joke and didn't
want to invest a lot of emotion in the win until she confirmed it. Once she realized
the win is real, she says, "I can't believe it, I'm feeling so blessed, this is
news of a lifetime!"
Defrancisco has bought tickets before but never won. She debated buying this time
but decided she needed to keep supporting the hospitals as her family has experienced
their care first-hand.
The Dream Lottery Grand Prize winner announced this morning, Mary Defrancisco of
Leamington (ticket number 99762), can choose one of three prize options:
A fully furnished house in Southwest London built by Millstone Homes valued at $1.8
million, or a fully furnished luxury condominium in Tricar's Azure tower in downtown
London along with $500,000 cash, or $1 million in cash.
The winner of the region's largest 50/50 was also revealed this morning. Heather
Whyte of Breslau (ticket number 5213842) takes home $439,927.50. Children's Health
Foundation Vice Chair Elana Johnson called Whyte for her reaction to the big win.
"I feel like I'm being pranked," Whyte says when she is told of her win. "I don't
know what to say, it's amazing!" she responds after being assured the win was real.
Whyte says she is grateful for the healthcare system in the region and the work
done at London's regional hospitals.
All winning numbers for the lottery were drawn January 9, 2019 at the office of
Deloitte LLP, 255 Queens Avenue, Suite 700, London, Ontario 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 are posted on-line at www.dreamitwinit.ca
and a printed list of winners is also available upon
request by calling 1-866-319-9818.
The winning will continue next month with the Riches and Relaxation Calendar draws.
Winning names and numbers will be posted each day in February on the Dream Lottery
website at www.dreamitwinit.ca
and on Dream Lottery's Facebook page at
"Dream supporters have now contributed more than $34.6 million for advanced equipment,
emerging technology, research, training and education – all of which supports excellent
patient care at our hospitals." John MacFarlane, President & CEO, London Health
"Thanks to Millstone Homes, Tricar, Shoppers Drug Mart and all our suppliers for
helping us create another successful Dream Lottery. Most of all, thanks to Dream
ticket buyers for supporting their families, friends and neighbors who rely on the
outstanding care of our hospitals." Elana Johnson, Vice Chair, Children's Health
"Dream Lottery supporters continue to advance healthcare in our community. What's
more, their support allows the teaching and research hospitals in London to have
an impact far beyond our region through medical discoveries that improve bedside
care." Michelle Campbell, President & CEO, St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation
Dream Lottery is a joint venture of London Health Sciences Foundation, Children's
Health Foundation, and St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation. Together, London Health
Sciences Centre, Children's Hospital at LHSC and St. Joseph's Health Care London
receive more than 1.9 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.
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