About 60 per cent of the 2013 Kinsmen Dream home tickets have been sold, inching closer to the Red Deer Kinsmen Club’s goal of a sellout.
They have sold 8,469 out of the 14,115 tickets available, said Leonard Sisco, Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery chair.
The dream home has not sold out of lottery tickets since 1999 and only sold 70 per cent of tickets last year, so the team is “pretty pumped” by this year’s sales, Sisco said.
Tickets for a chance to win the $890,000 house built by Larkaun Homes cost one for $100 or three for $250. They can be purchased at the dream home — 220 Vancouver Cres. in Red Deer’s Vanier Woods neighbourhood — on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.
All proceeds stay within the community as the lottery is run completely by volunteers and the Kinsmen. The money goes to agencies such as the Red Deer Food Bank, Family Services of Central Alberta and the Central Alberta Emergency Women’s Shelter among many others.
Dream home tickets can also be purchased at various Servus Credit Union locations, as well as at Sproule’s Mountview IDA on 43rd Avenue in Red Deer, or by calling 403-356-3900 or online at www.reddeerkinsmen.com.
The Kinsmen recently passed a motion to donate $20,000 towards updating the Kinsmen Teen Room at the Children’s Healing Centre in the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Centre.
There is also a 50/50 draw, new this year, with a minimum payout of $30,000 and maximum of $75,000.
Sisco said the 50/50 lottery is progressing well also, with $127,375 “in the bank on our way to a sellout of $150,000.”
The proceeds from the 50/50 draw will go to the renovation project at Camp Alexo with the Youth and Volunteer Centre.
The 50/50 tickets are one for $10, five for $25 and 16 for $50.
The public can purchase 50/50 tickets separately, without purchasing a dream home ticket, and vice versa, Sisco said.
He “highly anticipates” the 50/50 draw will sell out before Christmas.
Ticket lines close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31. Both draws will take place later that evening.