The wait is over for another year -- someone in central Alberta is now the proud new owner of the 2017 Hospitals' Lottery dream home.
Sharmane Hindbo of Caroline had her name drawn Friday morning from the dream home in Red Deer's Laredo neighbourhood.
Alaine Martin, Events Manager with the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation, says despite early struggles to sell tickets, the community came through in a big way in the final days.
"We were able to achieve last year's amount," she says. "We got about 92 per cent for the Mega Bucks [50/50] and just about 80 per cent for the lottery. We're very happy that central Alberta came out and supported us."
Martin estimates they raised a little over half a million dollars and hopes they can fund around 50 new state-of-the-art beds for the hospital, which she notes is cramped and in desperate need of them.
The Mega Bucks winner was announced on Thursday with Bruce Mackenzie of Red Deer walking away with a tidy $228,925.
Mackenzie said it was certainly not something he saw coming.
"I bought it [the ticket] at the hospital in February. My wife was in for surgery, so I thought I better stop and buy a ticket," he said. "I support most of the charities -- I usually gets a STARS ticket or Kinsmen. Just trying to do the best I can to help out."
Winners were also drawn Friday for a 2017 Dodge Ram, 2017 Ford Mustang and 2017 Harley Davidson motorcycle, in addition to a number of other prizes including furniture packages and gas for a year.
"Thank you so much. Your dollar stayed in your community," Martin continued. "You impacted everyone that lives in central Alberta that comes to the hospital. Please don't forget about us. Keep coming and supporting us because we're here and we're not going anywhere."
More information is at HospitalsLottery.com.
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