Organizers of the Dream Home lottery, a fundraising initiative that is approaching its quarter century anniversary, is dramatically expanding its reach with two homes and an expanded price board that will directly benefit both the Bluewater Health Foundation and the Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Foundation, the sister organization focused on Petrolia.
Officials are saying this historical partnership and anniversary milestone is marked by the expansion of the Lottery prize board, estimated at over $1 million, which includes two houses up for grabs: one in Sarnia and one in Petrolia.
Kathy Alexander, executive director of the Bluewater Health Foundation, said the initiative is one of the largest expansions ever to be undertaken.
“We’re so excited for the community to see what we have in store, all in the name of raising funds for our community hospital, Bluewater Health,” said Alexander.
The Sarnia home, built by Stelobrook Homes and decorated by Brush Strokes Interiors, is located at 564 Franco Ave. in the Rapids Parkway and is valued at over $668,000. The Petrolia home, built by Sepe Construction and decorated by D. Janzen Interiors, is located at 304 Sunset Crt., and is valued at over $540,000.
Each home also has an increased alternate cash option. Both homes will once again be fully VisitAble.
New this year is the addition of a third early bird prize, a 330i xDrive black sapphire metallic BMW Sedan (or $30,000 cash option). The vehicle, valued at more than $59,000, is being provided by Sarnia BMW.
The remainder of the prize board includes additional cash prizes and more.
A new website will allow for the addition of a 50/50 draw and the ability to purchase tickets online individually and in packs.
“We wanted to be able to make purchasing tickets as convenient and easy as possible,” said Alexander. “Moving the sale of tickets online, coupled with an expanded prize board, seemed like a natural next step in the lottery and will allow us to better compete with some of the bigger lotteries in Southwestern Ontario, which is a big win for our community hospital.”
The Dream Home Lottery has raised over $7 million for Sarnia-Lambton’s community hospital, Bluewater Health, over the past 24 years.
Tickets go on sale October 1, with full lottery details, including prize board and house information, to come at that time. To sign up to receive lottery updates, including when tickets go on sale, visit the new Dream Home Lottery website at www.bwhfdreamhome.com. License #11022. 50/50 Add On License #11079.