Two lucky Londoners took the big prizes in the Dream Lottery this year.
The winner’s names were drawn at 9 a.m. at the Bridlewood Dream Home at 2351 Meadowland Way in London.
The big winner was London native Glenn Nielsen, who gets to choose between a dream home, a condo plus $400,000, or walking away with $1-million cash.
“I’ll definitely be taking the money. I’m single so I do not need a home this big,” he laughed.
“The first thing I’m going to do is help out my nephew and his wife. Their vehicles are ready for the scrap yard so I’m going to get them new vehicles.”
Before they pulled Nielsen’s name, the first draw was for the 50/50 jackpot, which was over $855,000.
That lucky winner was Londoner Mark Allott, who picked up his cheque for $428,812 Thursday morning.
“I haven’t even had time to think about it,” he told AM980 when asked about his plans for the money.
“I know my son called and he said ‘you know, I’ve got a $15,000 student loan, papa’ and I said ‘I can probably take care of that’.”
Officials continue to pull the names for another 2,033 other prizes throughout the day.
There are also 29 prizes that will be awarded, one each day, during the month of February.
The lottery helps support the Children’s Health Foundation, St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation and the London Health Sciences Foundation.
“It makes a very significant difference in our ability to support our hospitals with the very best equipment,” President and CEO of the Children’s Health Foundation Susan Crowley tells AM980.
“It goes into research, and it also supports special programs that aren’t government funded.”
Since 1996, the lottery has raised over $27-million for London’s hospitals.