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Manitoba's three big hospitals are eliminating the competition between them to create one big hospital lottery with big prizes, including a luxury Bridgwater Lakes home package worth more than $1.5 million.
The Health Sciences Centre, Children’s and St. Boniface Hospital foundations launched the 2016 Tri-Hospital Dream Lottery at the Lake Bend Road house up for grabs Thursday, marking the first time the three have ever worked together.
Chuck LaFlèche, president and CEO of the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation, said having one hospital lottery as opposed to two or three will hopefully eliminate confusion and generate more money for all three hospitals.
"What was happening in the marketplace was our buyers, including my mom, were getting confused," LaFlèche said. "But we couldn’t blame her. The people were confused because there was lotteries overlapping."
The St. Boniface Hospital Foundation and the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba had previously come together for the Dream Lottery 4 Kids. But, LaFlèche said, there were still days that separate hospital lottery advertisements ran in the paper side by side.
The three foundations held meetings to discuss changing the time of year the lotteries ran, but they came up with a different solution.
"We were only going to cooperate on setting our dates and staying away from each other," LaFlèche said. "But we said, ‘Why not go the extra mile and actually cooperate and do it together?’"
Lawrence Prout, president and CEO of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, said theTri-Hospital Dream Lottery and its prizes will hopefully bring in more support for all three foundations to help people with different needs.
"We were competing a little bit, there was an overlap in the fall time," Prout said. "It also gives people an option. They can turn around and support the one lottery and help all three institutions. Whether it’s somebody in cardiac at St. Boniface, or trauma at HSC or Children’s. You’re helping lots of people by buying a ticket to this lottery."
The foundations coming together also means they can offer bigger prizes. The grand prize winner will get to choose one of four options: a luxury Maric home package in Bridgwater Lakes worth more than $1.5 million, a Foxridge Home by Qualico in Sage Creek worth more than $1.4 million, a cottage north of Gimli on Lake Winnipeg with a Winnipeg condo worth more than $1.3 million, or $1.2 million cash. The lottery has more than 3,600 other prizes including cars, vacations, Apple products and cash.
While there is a lot of hype over the prizes, the money raised on top of the business expenses goes to support a number of programs at each hospital. Susan Robinson, director of operations of the Health Sciences Centre Foundation, said these lotteries have a huge impact on the future of hospitals.
"Those who purchase a lottery ticket help us purchase advance life-saving technology," Robinson said. "They also help us fund research — research set to create new treatments and care methods, ultimately improving patient care in our province."
The hospitals serve one million patients a year, which Robinson said includes the delivery of 11,000 babies and assistance to 200,000 families in emergency rooms.
Tickets are available at London Drugs in St. Vital Centre, Red River Co-op Food Stores and select Shoppers Drug Mart locations. You can also buy them online at TriHospitalDream.com or by phone at 204-254-4677. You can buy one ticket for $100, two for $175, four for $300 or eight for $500. The 50/50 Plus pot could grow to more than $1.7 million with the winner taking half. Those tickets cost $15 for one, $30 for six or $60 for 20.