By pure coincidence, proceeds from Red Deer Hospital Lottery 2020 will go towards purchasing ventilators, as the regional hospital prepares for COVID-19 patients.
Manon Therriault, CEO of the Red Deer Health Foundation, said the decision to fundraise for ventilators that help patients with respiratory problems was made before Christmas.
“It seems to be quite fitting. At the same time, it’s still equipment that we direly need at the hospital. There’s over 10 ventilators that need to be replaced, so we’re really looking forward to providing that to our hospital,” Therriault said.
Ventilators are used in intensive care, operating rooms and the emergency department daily for adults, pediatric and neonatal patients.
The lottery’s dream home, valued at $870,000, including $30,000 in furnishings, is located at 121 Larratt Cl., and was opened to the public on Friday.
The house will be open daily from 1 to 5 p.m. until March 22.
From March 23 to June 22, it is open Friday to Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. It is closed Good Friday, but open Easter Sunday.
Therriault said the house will be open unless health officials recommend otherwise during the coronavirus outbreak. All preventative measures are being taken to keep the home clean for visitors.
The 2,927-square-foot dream bungalow has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a screened deck, spacious theatre room, and a five-piece ensuite connected to a large walk-in closet and adjoining laundry room.
Therriault said many people wanted a lottery house that was livable, that they could call home, and the foundation responded.
“A lot of people requested two bedrooms on the main floor. That’s how we designed the home this year.”
For the first time, the MegaBucks 50 draw will also give people the chance to win up to $500,000.
Tickets can bought in packages, or $25 each, at the house or online at reddeerhospitallottery.ca.