LONDON, ON, June 26, 2009 — Sandy Gamble of Brantford has won the Dream Lottery’s grand prize with ticket number Ticket 105703. Gamble now has a choice to make between of a furnished London home by Bridlewood Homes, an Audi and $250,000 in cash; or a furnished Grand Bend home by Medway Homes, a Mercedes-Benz and $500,000 in cash; or $1.111 million in cash.
The draw was made at 7: 30 a.m. at the London Dream home located at 1625 Wickerson Gate. Gamble was contacted by phone after their ticket was drawn and couldn’t believe her luck. After being told she had won the grand prize, Gamble called back to confirm the notification call was indeed real.
Sandy, along with some family members, is expected to be in London today to look over the prize home option at Wickerson Gate.
Second grand prize winner, Adam Quibell of London won $100,000 cash with ticket number 26308. Adam was at work when his wife Micaela called with the news and they were able to visit the dream home shortly after noon today.
“Winning $100,000 is like winning a million for us,” Micaela said.
The young couple already has plans for the windfall, including paying bills and doing something nice for each of their moms.
“Winning is nice,” Adam said, but noted that they were motivated to support the work of the hospitals in London.
“After buying the tickets, we had a good feeling that they might be lucky,” he said.
The three other grand prizes of $25,000 each were won by Virgolino Dos Santos of London (ticket 11967), Earl Copeland of Watford (ticket 99583) and Ginger Metron of London (ticket 59980)
Dream Wheels winner Victoria Warwick of London (ticket 131141) gets to choose between a Toyota Camry Hybrid, a Ford Mustang, or $30,000 cash. Sandra Tryon of Exeter (ticket 34221) also won a Dream Wheels prize of either a Toyota Venza, a Ford Edge or $30,000 cash.
The complete list of winners will be posted on-line at www.londondream.ca on July 1 and a list of the major prize winners, including Anniversary Draw, Bonus Draw and Early Bird Draw winners, will appear in the London Free Press the on July 4. All winners will be contacted with an official letter through Canada Post.
“The feedback we received from ticket buyers was overwhelmingly positive, with comments on the low ticket prices and the fabulous prizes and words of support for hospitals in London,” said Rita Fieder, the program manager for Dream Lottery.
The lottery sold out of tickets quicker than last year’s lottery. This year the sellout happened one day after the May 26 Bonus Draw – almost two weeks before the final cut-off date.
““A sellout wouldn’t happen without the enormous support of the entire community of Southwestern Ontario,” says Michelle Campbell, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation. “We are so very grateful for this strong show of support for our regional hospitals, especially during these tough economic times.”
Proceeds from the Dream Lottery support hospitals in London including: London Health Sciences Centre, Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London, contributing to the hospitals’ care, teaching and research programs.
“The hospitals care for residents in the city and patients referred from across our region, while the medical advances pioneered here positively affect patient care world-wide,” says Dan Ross, President and CEO of London Health Sciences Foundation. “The support of our community makes it all possible.”
The lottery is an important source of funds that can be used for the highest-priority needs of the hospitals, by supporting care, education, and by fostering innovation and discovery through research.
“Hospitals in London serve over one million patients from across Southwestern Ontario each year,” adds Debbie Comuzzi, Children’s Health Foundation President and CEO. “All the funds from the lottery stay in our community and make a real difference to the care we provide.”
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