photo credit: "Courtesy of Dream Lottery"
Caption: December 5, 2019, London, Ontario - Dream Lottery, in support of London's
hospitals, announced its latest grand prize and 50/50 winners this morning. (From
left) London Health Sciences Foundation President & CEO John MacFarlane, St. Joseph's
Health Care Foundation President & CEO Michelle Campbell, Dream Lottery Grand Prize
Winner Sue Murphy and husband Dennis Reed, and Children's Health Foundation President
& CEO Scott Fortnum.
London, Ont. - The top two winners of Dream Lottery in support of the regional hospitals
in London were revealed this morning at the Magnolia Refined Rustic Dream Home
Selling out at the Bonus deadline, Dream Lottery has raised almost $39 million (net)
since 1996 in support of Children's Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre, St.
Joseph's Health Care London and LHSC. Due to the early sellout, lottery rules allowed
for the draw to be moved up from January to December.
The ticket for the lottery's Grand Prize (ticket number 010431) was purchased by
Sue Murphy of London. Murphy wins the choice of either the Wastell Homes-built Magnolia
Refined Rustic Dream Home furnished by Accents Home Furniture worth $1.6 million,
or the Highland Green Estates Dream Home by Reis Design + Build with interior design
by Jillian Summers of Upstaging and furnishings by Accents Home Furniture worth
$1.45 million, or $1 million in cash.
The winning ticket number was revealed by Children's Health Foundation President
& CEO Scott Fortnum, who then tried to phone Murphy with the good news. She ignored
the first two calls because she was out shopping for Christmas gifts for her grandchildren
and didn't recognize the number. Murphy says that she didn't connect the call with
the lottery due to the early draw. Lottery officials were able to connect on their
"Sure?" was her hesitant first reaction when told she was the grand prize winner.
When told of her prize choices, she asked "Is this a joke? Oh, my goodness, can
I call my husband? Oh, gosh."
Murphy, a retired customs officer arrived at the home with her husband Dennis Reed
and were soon joined by their son and daughter. The long-time ticket-buyers say
this is their first Dream Lottery win. Impressed with the two prize homes, which
they toured this morning, they still decided on the cash option. A Disney vacation
with the grandkids is one dream on their list that this win will make a joyous reality.
The winner of London's largest 50/50 was also revealed. Aline Wirtanen of Sarnia
(ticket number 5224625) takes half of the record $1,074,045 prize. St. Joseph's
Health Care Foundation President & CEO Michelle Campbell called Wirtanen for her
At first, Wirtanen seemed to take the news of her more than half-million-dollar
win in stride saying, "Yes, that's nice." When told again of the prize amount, she
responded, "I was going to ask you if this is a joke." When assured it was no joke,
she agreed that this was going to be a very merry Christmas.
Wirtanen is scheduled to visit one of the Dream homes with her son later this afternoon.
All winning numbers for the lottery were drawn December 4, 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 will be posted on-line at www.dreamitwinit.ca by Thursday, December 12 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 Money & Memories Calendar draws. Winning
names and numbers will be posted each day in February and March on the Dream Lottery
website at www.dreamitwinit.ca and on Dream Lottery's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dreamitwinit.
"A big thanks to Dream supporters for helping our hospitals provide excellent patient
care by funding advanced equipment, emerging technology, research, training and
education." Scott Fortnum, President & CEO, Children's Health Foundation
"Thanks to all our Dream Lottery suppliers including Wastell Homes, Reis Design
+ Build, and Shoppers Drug Mart. And most of all, thanks to everyone who bought
tickets to help London hospitals provide specialized care for patients from across
our region." Michelle Campbell, President & CEO, St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation
"The funds raised through Dream Lottery stay local, strengthening healthcare in
our Southwestern Ontario community. Thank you to everyone who supports their families,
friends and neighbours by purchasing a ticket." John MacFarlane, President & CEO,
London Health Sciences Foundation
Dream Lottery is a joint venture 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 community hospitals.
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