London, Ont. - When Dream Lottery sold out prior to the Bonus Draw sales deadline,
London's hospitals won big. The total of net proceeds is expected to add more than
$1.8 million to the almost $35 million (net) the program has raised for the three
regional hospitals since 1996. This was the ninth sellout in the lottery's history
and the third in the past two years.
This morning, the lottery's top prize winners were announced at the Jefferson Industrial
Dream Home in southwest London. First to be announced was the 50/50 winner. The
prize pool grew to a record $1,053,060 prior to the close of sales. Colin & Barb
Brander of Kerwood, located west of Strathroy, takes half of that prize pool with
ticket number 5079351.
Barb Brander answered the phone her first reaction was "Wow, really?" After being
told her share of the jackpot was $526,530, she responded "Is this a joke?"
Lottery organizers sent her a photo of the big display cheque to ensure her the
win was real.
Next, the lottery's ultimate grand prize winner was revealed.
Greta Tachdjian of Markham (ticket number 032626) has her choice of one of three
dream home packages or $1 million in cash.
The home options include a furnished $1.45 million Jefferson Industrial Dream home
located just under the peak of Boler Mountain or a furnished $1.25 million Jefferson
French Provincial Dream Home across the street that comes with $250,000 cash, or
a furnished $1.2 million Nicholson Pinery Dream Cottage in Grand Bend, also with
Initially unable to reach her by phone a later call connected. In her car on the
way to a meeting, Tachdjian pulled over to take the call. At first, she was speechless.
After being told of the prize options by St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation President
and CEO Michelle Campbell, all Tachdjian could manage was: "Oh, my goodness, so
All winning numbers for the lottery's Early Bird and Final draws were drawn July
3, 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 Travel & Treasure Calendar draws.
Winning names and numbers will be posted each day in August on the Dream Lottery
website at www.dreamitwinit.ca and on Dream Lottery's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dreamitwinit.
"We want to thank everyone for their remarkable response to Dream Lottery, which
supports excellent patient care at our hospitals by funding advanced equipment,
emerging technology, research, training and education." Michelle Campbell, President
& CEO, St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation
"The success of this edition of Dream Lottery is due to our partnership with Jefferson
Homes, Nicholson Builders, Shoppers Drug Mart and all our suppliers. A big thanks
to them and to Dream ticket buyers for helping our hospitals provide the best care
possible for patients from across the region." John MacFarlane, President & CEO,
London Health Sciences Foundation
"We can't thank Dream purchasers enough, for supporting Southwestern Ontario communities
through Dream Lottery; where proceeds stay local to help family, friends and neighbours
who need the specialized services of the regional hospitals in London." Scott Fortnum,
President & CEO, Children's Health Foundation
Dream Lottery (LL10699), 50/50 (LL10700), and the Travel & Treasure Calendar (LL10701)
are joint ventures of St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation, London Health Sciences
Foundation, and Children's Health Foundation. Together St. Joseph's Health Care
London, London Health Sciences Centre and Children's Hospital at LHSC 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