Norma Baker of London receives Win A Million Lottery’s top prize
LONDON, ON, December 21, 2011 — Visions of sugarplums and prize homes weren’t part of this year’s London Health Sciences Foundation fall lottery but the $1 million, all-cash top prize made Norma Baker of London a “Very Merry Millionaire” for Christmas.
Foundation Chair Kirk Baines made the draw at 10 a.m. this morning, pulling winning ticket #016234.
Norma and her husband Bob’s first reactions were surprise and disbelief, but it became reality when LHSF lottery manager Rita Fieder came to pick them up and bring them to the hospital for a cheque presentation.
Norma is a retired librarian at the University of Western Ontario and Bob is retired from London Life. The couple, both in their 70’s, have a son, a daughter and four granddaughters in London.
Mrs. Baker says that they had won once before – wrist watches in a lottery years ago. This time she was hoping to win a car but now, the couple will likely plan some trips that they had just been dreaming about. New Zealand, Hawaii and London, England are on the short list.
“We bought the ticket because it helps the hospital,‖ she says. ―But it is nice to win.”
Both Norma and Bob have received care at London Health Sciences Centre and are glowing in their praise for doctors, nurses and staff alike.
“We wanted to support the hospital so that others can have the same great care we’ve experienced,” Mrs. Baker says.
This is the seventh year for the foundation’s fall lottery, and while final numbers will not be available for a few weeks, the lottery will again contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars – vital funds to support the highest priority needs of the hospital. In the past six years the lottery has raised $4.5 million net. In addition to directly supporting health care initiatives at London Health Sciences Centre, the lottery also serves another important function for the foundation.
“The lottery is also an important way for us to connect with communities across our region, letting people know about the great patient-care, research innovation and health care education that their donations support,” says LHSF president and CEO Dan Ross.
Win A Million Lottery also drew tickets for eight grand prizes yesterday making the season merrier for winners from across the region:
Grand Prize #1 winner Judy Potter of Forest (Winning Ticket #007023) has won her choice of a Porsche Cayman R, a Turks & Caicos vacation and $5,000 cash; OR $100,000 cash.
Grand Prize #2 winner Marion Moore of Ilderton (Winning Ticket #005551) has won her choice of a Mercedes-Benz SLK 350, a vacation in Italy and $10,000 cash; OR $100,000 cash.
Grand Prize #3 winner Jamey Chapman of London (Winning Ticket #033015) has won his choice of a Lexus ES; OR $50,000 cash.
Grand Prize #4 winner Grant M. Young of London (Winning Ticket #033080) has won his choice of a BMW X1 and a Punta Cana vacation; OR $50,000 cash.
Grand Prize #5 winner Larry Cowan of Mt. Brydges (Winning Ticket #050574) has won his choice of an African adventure: OR $25,000 cash.
Grand Prize #6 winner Lucy Zerdzicki of London (Winning Ticket #081333) has won her choice of a ―Waltzing Matilda‖ adventure to Australia and New Zealand or $25,000 cash.
Grand Prize #7 winner Archibald McCowat of Sarnia (Winning Ticket #065778) has won his choice of Tacori designer jewellery: OR $10,000 cash.
Grand Prize #8 winner Steve Murphy of London (Winning Ticket #063517) has won his choice of Stephen Webster designer jewellery: OR $10,000 cash.
“12 Days of Bonus Vacations” draws took place, one each weekday from Nov. 15 to 30. “12 Days of Early Bird Vehicles” draws took place each weekday from Dec. 1 to 16. Each vacation and car prize in those draws offered the choice of a cash alternative.
Five thousand Win A Million tickets, and two hundred $50 Shoppers Drug Mart gift cards were also given away during the November Bonus Draw.
The complete listing of winners including those who won during the Early Bird and Bonus Draws is available at www.winamillionlottery.ca