January 11, 2018 - London, Ont. - The top four winners of Dream Lottery in support
of the regional hospitals in London were revealed this morning at the Millstone
Wickerson Dream Home in Byron.
Selling out two weeks before the final deadline, Dream Lottery has raised more than
$31.6 million (net) since 1996 in support of St. Joseph's Health Care London, London
Health Sciences Centre and Children's Hospital at LHSC. This was the seventh sellout
in the lottery's history.
The ticket for the lottery's Ultimate Grand prize (ticket number 206385) was purchased
by Karen Kloibhofer of London. St Joseph's Health Care Foundation President and
CEO Michelle Campbell called Kloibhofer to give her the good news.
"Is that true? Oh, my goodness, that's amazing! I think you made 25 of us insanely
happy!" Kloibhofer exclaimed.
Kloibhofer purchased the winning ticket on behalf of a group of 25 current and former
Fanshawe College placement consultants. Kloibhofer immediately e-mailed the group
who began arriving at the Dream home around 10 a.m. Not all were able to make it
quickly to the home, as some are from St. Thomas and Simcoe.
This is the first time a group has won the lottery's top prize - the choice between
three prize options: the spectacular light-filled Millstone Wickerson Dream Home,
complete with an indoor basketball court and overlooking the year-round activities
at Boler Mountain, or the luxurious Millstone Highland Dream Home with its soaring
ceiling and backing onto the Highland Country Club's golf course in London, or a
cool $1 million in cash instead.
The winner of the region's largest 50/50 was also revealed this morning. Mark Stekar
of Kilworth (ticket number 5099249) takes half of the $960,690 prize pool – which
is also the largest in the lottery's history. London Health Sciences Foundation
President and CEO John MacFarlane called Stekar for his reaction but he didn't answer
After Stekar's wife Anna received texts from neighbours urging him to turn on his
phone, lottery officials and Stekar were able to connect and MacFarlane was able
to give him the good news.
"That's incredible, thank you, I've been supporting the lottery ever since we moved
here." Steckar said.
To top off the morning, the winners of the Dream Drive and Dream Wheels prizes were
announced by Children's Health Foundation President and CEO Scott Fortnum.
James McCarthy of Granton (ticket number 109375) won the Dream Drive giveaway -
the choice between a Subaru Impreza, a VW Tiguan or a Ford Mustang or they can simply
opt for $25,000 cash instead. Russel Paddon of St. Thomas (ticket number 158386)
won the Dream Wheels giveaway - the choice between a Toyota C-HR or a Honda Civic,
or $25,000 in cash.
All winning numbers for the lottery were drawn January 10, 2018 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 Money & Memories 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.
"Thanks to Dream supporters for raising vital funds supporting our hospitals' highest
priority needs in advanced equipment, emerging technology, research, training and
education – all of which helps create patient care excellence." Michelle Campbell,
President & CEO, St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation
"We want to thank Vasile Canuca, the entire team at Millstone Homes, all the trades,
Shoppers Drug Mart, our lottery suppliers - and most of all the people who buy Dream
tickets because their support continues to help our hospitals care for the most
critically injured and medically complex patients from across the region." John
MacFarlane, President & CEO, London Health Sciences Foundation
"Thank you to everyone who supports their families, friends and neighbors by buying
a Dream Lottery ticket. The funds raised through the lottery stay local, helping
London's hospitals provide the best care for patients from our community." Scott
Fortnum, President & CEO, Children's Health 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 1.5 million patient visits from across Southwestern Ontario and
beyond each year. In addition to caring for London-area residents, these hospitals
are referral centres, providing specialized services in support of the excellent
care of the region's community hospitals.
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