The Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery has been extended.
Both the dream home and 50/50 cut off were set for Dec. 31, with the draw date on Thursday. The new cut-off date is Feb. 24, with the draw on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at the dream home at 157 Longmire Cl. in Red Deer.
The decision was made because ticket sales are down.
Chris Klassen, 2018 Kinsmen Dream Home co-chair, points to Alberta economy and competition in the community, which gives Central Albertans the option to support various charities.
“The oilfield, with Red Deer’s economy and the unknown – people don’t know whether their jobs start in January,” he said.
“The economy has really affected us this year.”
We asked for an extension “because there’s too much time and effort and money invested into a project like this to not make money for the community.”
All the money raised by the Red Deer Kinsmen Club stays in central Alberta, helping various organizations, such as the Mustard Seed and Red Deer Food Bank.
The 38th dream home was built by True-Line Homes and has a living room, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a finished basement with a home theatre, and a loft office or reading area.
The 2,683-square-foot dream home has an 18-foot ceiling and a fireplace feature wall. The property is described as “warm and welcoming” with the retail value of $750,750.
The volunteer group encourages central Albertans to support the cause because the money raised helps various service organizations, local rinks, parks, sports and music groups.
“If we don’t bring in any money, we don’t have any money to give back to our community – for food programs, our kids and all those groups we donate to,” said Klasen.
There are about 3,600 single and multiple ticket bundles still available out of 8,400.
“We’re about 55 per cent sold.”
Dream home tickets are one for $100, three for $250 and five for $375.
As of Tuesday, the 50/50 draw has a guaranteed prize of more than $84,000 with the maximum payout is $150,000. Tickets for the 50/50 draw are one for $10, four for $25 and 10 for $50
With the extension, Klasen hopes to sell more tickets.
“We haven’t sold out for the last 10 years, but we’ve always come very close.”
Dream home tickets can be purchased at the dream home, open Saturdays and Sundays, or online at reddeerkinsmen.com, or at Servus Credit Union locations in Red Deer.