LONDON, ON, May 29, 2009 — The final cutoff for ticket sales for the Dream Lottery in support of hospitals in London was scheduled for midnight on June 9. However, the lottery sold out of tickets one day after the May 26 Bonus Draw – almost two weeks early.
May 26 was also the cutoff for the Early Bird Draw which will be held on June 16.
“Hospitals in London serve over one million patients from across Southwestern Ontario each year,” says Michelle Campbell, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation. “It is wonderful to see support for our regional hospitals is strong, even in these tough economic times.”
The lottery supports St. Joseph’s Health Care, London; Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre; and London Health Sciences Centre. In addition to caring for the citizens of London, the hospitals are referral centres for the region and beyond, providing access to specialized services in support of the excellent care of the region’s community hospitals.
With the sellout, the dream homes in London and Grand Bend will no longer be open for tours. The final draw will be held on June 25 at the London grand prize home as scheduled.
“The real winners are patients from our region,” says Debbie Comuzzi, President and CEO of Children’s Health Foundation. “The lottery contributes important funds to the hospitals’ outstanding patient care, teaching and world-class research programs.”
There were a number of factors that contributed to the early sellout.
“The responses we received were overwhelmingly positive, with supporters commenting on the low ticket prices and the fabulous prizes while voicing support for hospitals in London,” says Dan Ross, President and CEO of London Health Sciences Foundation.