The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly changed our community. However, not all of it is bad.
The pandemic resulted in the Prince George Hospice Society cancelling some of its events earlier this year. However, it has ramped up others … namely the 50/50 draw, which is part of the annual Dream Home Lottery.
This year there will be two 50/50 draws and the first one is coming up on September 25.
“It’s kind of crazy because we’re doing two draws in less time (than usual),” said Sandra Klimm, special events director for Prince George Hospice. “But we’re giving the people the opportunity to win $150,000 … twice. We’re giving away more money and we have the opportunity of making a little more without taking away or charging more.”
Proceeds from the lottery and the 50/50 draws support the operations of the Prince George Hospice House. Yesterday, the 50/50 total for the first draw was just over $48,000.
“It’s a really, really good start and it means the community is supporting it,” she said. “With COVID everyone’s watching what they spend, but people have been supporting it.”
But there is still a long way to go to get that total up to the $150,000 mark. There are 12,000 tickets printed and they are $25 each. Tickets will be on sale until September 25 and then tickets for the second 50/50 draw will go on sale the day after.
And, if you buy a ticket on the Dream Home, you could end up with a whole bunch of 50/50 tickets, in addition to the one(s) you buy normally. The first early bird draw for the Dream Home Lottery goes July 31 and up for grabs will be 50 50/50 tickets, courtesy of Canadian Tire.
“Canadian Tire said ‘hey, we’ll buy 50 of the 50/50 tickets and donate them back as an early bird prize,” she said. “And that helps us.”
Tickets are available at the Dream Home, 3955 Larissa Court, which is open seven days at week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; or at Canadian Tire Thursdays-Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.; at the Ferry Avenue office Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or online at www.hospicedreamhome.ca.