The Dream Lottery has once again arrived, and just in time for the hockey season, its top prize includes a special feature for puck lovers.
The $1.3-million home located on Humberside Common in the north end is spectacularly large, with a mini hockey rink built into the London Knights-themed basement.
Should you win and choose the Mike Holmes-approved home, a Mercedes-Benz GL C300 would also be waiting in your double car garage.
Meanwhile, Mike Holmes himself will make an appearance on Oct. 15 that the public is welcome to attend.
The list of features incorporated into the home by Doug Wastell of Wastell Homes goes on and on.
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Wastell has built nearly a dozen dream homes for the lottery, and said that adding in all the features is how he tries to do his part to help raise more money.
“Those are the best ways to get people through,” he said. “The more people that come through, the more tickets they sell, the more money the hospitals get at the end of the day, which is what we’re all here for. So if I can help generate traffic with something in the house that gets people talking and gets more people through, that’s what I shoot for.”
The local hospital lottery, now into its 20th year, benefits the London Health Sciences Foundation, St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation, and the Children’s Health Foundation.
It has raised $28.2-million since 1996 with the money going to a number of different areas.
Chief Operating Officer of Children’s Health Foundation Tracy Loosemore said that the money helps kids feel like kids when they’re being treated at the hospital.
“They start off by getting a set of bravery beads, and for everything that happens to them and every treatment that happens, they get a special bead. They put that on the string and they can speak to one another about what they’re going through. We also have child life specialists who stay with the kids all through the hospital, make sure that they understand what’s happening to them, and are really the only person that stays with them through their whole journey.”
For John MacFarlane, President of the London Health Sciences Foundation, the money helps to fund critical research at LHSC.
“So unrestricted money from the lottery can essentially be seed money for leveraging greater research dollars from research institutes. So $25,000 from this lottery could turn into $1-million in terms of further research grants. So that kind of leveraging is really key,” he said.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the dream home, which is open to the public from noon until 5 p.m. daily.
Other prizes include early bird draws, 50/50 draws, more cars, trips, and Knights tickets and jerseys.
Full details can be found on the Dream Lottery website.