Delaware, Ont. Man takes dwelling Dream Lottery Grand Prize – London

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A dream home in London?

What about a dream home in Grand Bend?

Maybe a dream home makeover?

Or how about $ 1 million in cash?

A tough decision is certain, but a Delaware, Ontario based Roy Ireland has a decision to make after being crowned grand prize winner on Thursday in the Dream Lottery, now in its 25th year.

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Ireland was given the good news by phone shortly after 9 a.m. on Thursday by Scott Fortnum, President and CEO of the Children’s Health Foundation. The announcement came more than a month ahead of schedule after tickets sold out prematurely.

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“You are the Dream Home Lottery Grand Prize Winner,” said Fortnum Ireland in a quick phone call made during the virtual announcement.

“Oh, you must be kidding,” replied Ireland.

“I’m not! I’m not kidding at all,” said Fortnum.

“You don’t have to make a decision on the spot, that’s a lot to do early in the morning.”

4,436 sq m, Grand Bend Dream Cottage by Holman Construction at 10147 Pinery Bluffs Road, Grand Bend.

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Ireland hadn’t made a decision by late Thursday afternoon, a lottery official told 980 CFPL, noting that such a decision would normally – understandably – take the winner several days or even a week.

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The two homes on offer, both fully furnished, include a $ 1.5 million dream home from Millstone Homes in southwest London.

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The other is a 4,436 square foot Holman Construction cottage located on Pinery Bluffs Road in Grand Bend, valued at $ 1.32 million.

There is also the option of a $ 1.03 million renovation through a $ 300,000 gift certificate from Casey’s Kitchens, a $ 130,000 gift certificate from TLC Landscaping Design + Pools, a gift certificate at the $ 100,000 worth of Accents Home Furniture and $ 500,000 in cash.

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At the start of the announcement, Ivanka Lesjak from London was featured as the winner of the Dream Lottery 50/50 prize. This year’s 50/50 pool was $ 1,294,995 for a cash payout of $ 647,497.

“Oh my god! Oh no, no, no, no, no, that can’t be,” said a stunned Lesjak Sara Cameron of St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation during the announcement.

“It’s true Ivanka, you are our 50/50 winner!”

“Oh my god, just let me sit down,” says Lesjak.

The semi-annual lottery is a joint venture between the Children’s Health Foundation, the London Health Sciences Foundation and the St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation.

The lottery money goes to St. Joseph’s Health Care London, the London Health Sciences Center and the LHSC Children’s Hospital.

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A total of around $ 47 million has been raised since 1996, and according to John MacFarlane, CEO of the London Health Sciences Foundation, nearly $ 3 million will go to hospitals this year.

“We continue to be so impressed with the people in this region who support, empower and support our great hospitals,” said MacFarlane.

“We have such great hospitals because of you. So thank you for doing that. “

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The lottery funds the purchase of new technology and state-of-the-art equipment as well as research and training to better serve the more than 1.9 million patient visits to hospitals each year, Cameron said.

“Many of you have supported us since Dream started and you have helped us start a fantastic 25th anniversary year for the lottery.”

Late last month, the final winner was announced as part of the Dream Lottery Making a Difference calendar raffle, which awarded a total of at least $ 232,500 to 89 winners over a three-month period.

A full list of winners will be posted on the Dream Lottery website on June 3rd.

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– With files from Sawyer Bogdan

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