This year’s Red Deer Hospital Lottery was “a very successful campaign,” says a spokesman for the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation.
“We’re very satisfied with how the lottery went, considering how everything is in our world today,” marketing and communications manager Travis Kuschminder said Wednesday, two days after ticket sales closed.
The lottery sold more than 90 per cent of the available tickets for the main draw.
Additionally, the Mega Bucks 50 Jackpot is “at the highest we’ve ever had it,” said Kuschminder – the winner of the 50/50 draw will take home half of $743,125.
“Everyone at the foundation office is very pleased and very surprised in a way. We’re very grateful for how it all turned out,” he said.
“Central Alberta, and ticket purchasers across Alberta for that matter, always seem to support us, which is fantastic. The cause speaks for itself – supporting our local hospital is, of course, very important.”
Proceeds of the 2020 lottery will go toward mechanical ventilators.
An open house at the dream home was held this past weekend to a “tremendous crowd,” Kuschminder added.
“We’re looking forward to having those final draws early in July to see who wins all these great prizes.
“We’re looking forward to having the prize presentation later on this summer to hand over the keys and meet some of the big winners,” he said.
Kuschminder says the lottery management company that the foundation is working with this year is doing the draws digitally.
“There are no tickets in a big barrel like last year. Everything is done electronically on a computer. We’ve actually seen the previous supporter draws and the early bird draw executed via a conference Zoom meeting and watched it unfold on screen,” he said.
Next year’s lottery is likely to happen as expected, said Kuschminder.
“We look forward to next year. Of course, planning already starts for the 2021 Red Deer Hospital Lottery. We look forward to launching that early next year.”
For more information on this year’s dream home and prizes, visit www.reddeerhospitallottery.ca.