When it comes to fundraising for the Ottawa Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, luck has nothing to do with it.
That’s why the hospitals came together to kick off a massive lottery fundraiser at the Canadian Tire at Hunt Club and Merivale roads yesterday.
This is the second year for the lottery, which raised more than $400,000 for the hospitals last year.
“The theme of the lottery is ‘we all win,’” said event organizer Kevin Keohane. “When people support a lottery that supports both hospitals, we believe that’s a very true slogan.”
In 2008, the lottery sold 43,000 tickets, a number Keohane anticipates will rise to 50,000 this year, with the “possibility of a sellout.” There are 62,500 tickets for sale.
The proceeds will all be staying in the Ottawa area, and much of the funding will help finance an expanded emergency wing for CHEO and also replace older equipment.
The lottery features more than $3 million in prizes. In total, there are 4,826 prizes to be won, with one in 13 odds of winning.
“Our lottery offers the best chance to win $1 million of any lottery in Ontario, and the largest cash prize of any charity lottery in Ontario,” said Keohane.