Record sales benefit regional hospitals
London, Ont. – While the weather may have cooled, Dream Lottery sales are staying
hot. The lottery, supporting Southwestern Ontario's regional hospitals in London,
is anticipated to sell out on or before this Thursday's Bonus Draw sales deadline.
To ensure the lottery only takes orders totalling the number of tickets authorized
by the AGCO (Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario), retail sales locations will
stop taking orders by the end of today. This includes participating Shoppers Drug
Mart stores and the participating hospital foundations. If available, tickets will
be sold at the London dream homes on Thursday. Ticket orders will continue to be
available by phone at 519-488-7100 and on-line at dreamitwinit.ca until the lottery
is sold out.
Sales of the lottery's Dollars & Destinations Calendar and 50/50 draws are also
on record pace. Calendars and 50/50 tickets must be ordered in conjunction with
a Dream Lottery ticket purchase.
The 50/50 prize pool could exceed $1 million this week. It has already surpassed
last Fall's record $960,690 and is more than $970,000. Since there are unlimited
50/50 tickets that can be sold, Dream Lottery ticket holders can buy into the 50/50
until the final sales deadline of July 5 – even if Dream Lottery sells out this
week. Dream Lottery ticket buyers can order 50/50 tickets at the time of their Dream
Lottery purchase. After buying a Dream ticket, 50/50 ticket orders can only be made
There are still a few Dollars & Destinations Calendar available, but only by phone.
Once those are gone, orders can be placed on a wait list, in case calendars become
available through an occasional, declined payment on existing orders.
Once Dream Lottery tickets sell out, the dream homes will close to the public in
order to maximize net proceeds to the beneficiary hospitals. Dream Lottery has raised
more than $31.8 million (net) since 1996 for innovative technology and equipment,
ground-breaking research, and continuing medical education and training that enables
doctors, nurses and staff to provide exceptional, patient-centred, life-changing
care. Lottery details, including ticket prices, prizes, important dates and contest
rules, can be found at dreamitwinit.ca.
Dream Lottery is a joint venture of Children's Health Foundation, St. Joseph's Health
Care Foundation and London Health Sciences Foundation. Together, Children's Hospital
at London Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph's Health Care London and London Health
Sciences Centre 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.