The countdown is on to buy tickets for the 2019 Red Deer Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery.
Last year the cutoff to purchase tickets was extended to Feb. 24 due to lower ticket sales. This year the cutoff will be Dec. 31 at 11:59 p.m., and the draw for the 39th Kinsmen Dream Home will be made Jan. 4.
Scott Bourke, Kinsmen vice-president and dream home co-chair, said this year ticket prices were reduced and an extension was not necessary.
“With the economy, we felt we had to do that to drive some sales, and it worked for those lower-priced packages,” Bourke said.
The lottery recently sold out of ticket packages that contained three tickets for $100, and one ticket for $50. Packages of eight tickets for $200 and 15 for $300 were still available.
Last year tickets prices were one for $100, three for $250 and five for $375.
Located at 3 Eaton Crescent, the two-storey dream home valued at $730,000, has three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. The culinary kitchen has custom cabinetry, there’s a gas fireplace in the living room, and the spa-like ensuite has a skylight shower.
Bourke said last year the Kinsmen and the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre each had dream home lotteries.
“Last year that hurt both of us. We both had to extend ticket sales. This year it’s back to just us so it made it a little easier for us.”
Another change to the lottery this year was the addition of other cash prices instead vehicles or other equipment and toys.
“We found that people winning those were just turning around and selling them. People just want to win cash nowadays, so we just started doing cash instead.”
Other prizes include a chance to win groceries for a year and a central Alberta golf package.
Bourke said 50/50 tickets are also still available at four tickets for $25, and 10 for $50. Single tickets for $10 each were sold out.
“We’re at a payout of about $108,000 right now.”
The dream home is open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 30 and 31 which are always busy days for the lottery, he said.
Prize draws happen on Jan. 4 at 5 p.m. at the dream home. The public is welcome to attend the draw, or watch it live on Facebook.
For more information, or to buy tickets, visit reddeerkinsmen.com.