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Tickets on sale now for Hospice Dream Home Lottery

Sandra Klimm (left), special events director for the Prince George Hospice, cuts the ribbon to officially open ticket sales for the society’s Dream Home Lottery. Helping out are John Brink of the Nechako View Subdivision, Donna Flood, Hospice executive director, and Rubby Grewal of North Nechako Homes. Bill Phillips photo

Someone is going to get a really nice Christmas present this year.

About $690,000 nice … in fact.

The draw for the 2020 Prince George Hospice Society’s Dream House lottery will be held on Christmas Eve this year making it one of the best Christmas presents that will be opened up Christmas Day.

Tickets for the Dream Home, which is the society biggest fundraiser of the year, go on sale today.

“We really count on it to do the work we do,” said Donna Flood, executive director of the Prince George Hospice Society. “And to do the Dream Home Lottery, it’s not easy. We rely on the generosity of a lot of our community construction organizations and businesses.”

She specifically mentioned the support of Rubby Grewal North Nechako Homes and John Brink of Nechako View Subdivision for this year’s home, the fourth located in the Nechako View Subdivision.

Located at 3955 Larissa Court, the 3,600-square-foot home is valued at $690,000. The rancher features five bedrooms, an office, four bathrooms, and five brand new appliances.

As with other Dream Home Lotteries, 10,999 tickets will be sold (assuming a sell out) and tickets are just $100. There will also be two 50/50 draws this year and four early bird prize draws.

“This is a different world,” said Flood. “COVID-19 has changed a lot of things for us. We’re very, very particular about safety four our team inside as well as all of the customers. We will be following all of the COVID-19 safety plans to ensure every stays safe.”

While ticket buyers are encouraged to visit the house, there will be lots of videos online for those wanting to have a virtual.

“With COVID-19 we will have people waiting more than they’re used to,” said Sandra Klimm, special events coordinator with Hospice … This year the Hospice Society had been hit hard with their fundraising goals due to the cancellation of our other events … We were faced with the decision to increase the ticket price of the Dream Home to make up for the loss, but we didn’t do that. There was also the option of increasing the amount of tickets sold, but we decided against that too. Instead this year we have decided to do two 50/50 raffles, giving the community two chances to walk away with up to $150,000 in cash for each draw.”

Tickets for the 50/50 draw are $25 each with the first 50/50 draw being held on September 25 and the second one December 18.

Both Dream Home and 50/50 raffle tickets are available for sale at the Dream Home location at 3955 Larissa Court seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the Prince George Hospice Society office at 1506 Ferry Avenue from Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. as well as at Canadian Tire Thursday to Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

You can also purchase your ticket to any of the draws online at www.hospicedreamhome.ca

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