Doris Cordel, left, of Halkirk, east of Stettler, is the winner of $250,000 Mega Bucks 50 draw. She accepted her prize money from Manon Therriault, chief executive officer of the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation, on Tuesday. Photo by Mamta Lulla/Advocate staff

Red Deer dream home winners can’t wait to move in

A retired oilfield worker in Red Deer and his wife can’t wait to move into their dream home.

Gary Green lives in an apartment with his wife Viola.

The couple couldn’t believe the announcement, made earlier in July, that the family won the $880,724 Red Deer Hospital Lottery Dream Home.

Now, they can’t wait to move in.

At the prize presentation Tuesday at the home at 68 Larratt Cl., the couple said they could envision their family enjoying the space, gathering for large family dinners and overnight visits.

“We bought (lottery) tickets for many, many years,. We’ve bought tickets since the ’70s, but never won,” said Viola.

The 3,110-square-foot bungalow features three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and a master chef kitchen with an adjoining butler pantry.

“It’s a real blessing. It’s overwhelming that a person can win something like this.”

It took a little while for the news to sink in for Gary, when he got the call earlier this month.

“She (Viola) didn’t believe it either.”

Doris Cordel didn’t believe the person on the other end of the line when she got her own once-in-a-lifetime phone call.

The Halkirk resident, east of Stettler, was the winner of the $250,000 Mega Bucks 50 draw.

Cordel has purchased lottery tickets for about a decade, but never won anything significant. She said she bought the tickets to support the local hospital.

“Red Deer hospital is our hospital. It seems like we’re far away, but if we need anything at a bigger hospital, we’re going to be coming here,” said Cordel.

“It’s our hospital, just as much as it is Red Deer’s.”

Money raised through the lottery will go toward the purchase of Pyxis Medstations, automated medication dispensing units with numerous electronic features to ensure safety, accuracy and efficiency.

Pyxis Medstations will be used in all areas of Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

There were 100 prizes, totalling more than $1.1 million, that were given out this year.

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