Calgary Health Trust

Winning Big – Foothills Hospital Home Lottery

Winning Big - FHHL 2012Did you hold a winning ticket for the 2012 Foothills Home Lottery? If you did you were among a group of lucky Albertan's who won big on May 17th.

Darryl Thomas, winner of the grand prize show home, received the call at work. In shock, he called back later to confirm he really had won. It was hard for him to believe because had purchased his tickets on a whim as he was leaving the hospital after having surgery on his arm.

Like Darryl, Elizabeth Lietz bought the tickets after she had surgery at Foothills Medical Centre.

"Last July my appendix ruptured," said Elizabeth, "Doctors at Foothills literally saved my life. I was at the hospital for eight days and received excellent care."

She heard about the lottery on the radio. Though she supports other charities she had never bought a ticket for the Foothills Lottery before.

"I went to the website and it was one ticket for $100 or five for $400," she said, "I talked myself into getting five because it seemed like a good cause."

It was lucky that she did. When she checked her ticket, it turned out the last number was the winner.

Drawn live on Global Television the top five prizes were handed out by nine a.m. Contacted by phone, winners received some fantastic news to start the day.

The other top five winners include Deanna Nelson, who won the $900,000 show home on Evansridge View N.W.; Hanna Rozpara, Take 50 Add On of $785,140; Howard and Valerie Goetz, who won their choice of a 2012 Audi R8 Spyder or $200,000; Thrina Neshine who won a 2012 BMW or $78,000; and Carrie Long, who won a 2012 Ford Explorer or $50,000 cash.

2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the Foothills Hospital Home Lottery. Proceeds from previous year's funds have gone towards trauma health care, a virtual simulation centre, the Bone Marrow Transplant Program and the Stephenson Cardiovascular Centre at Foothills Medical Centre. In addition, innovative equipment has been purchased, including: an interventional radiology suite for diagnostic imaging; a PET/CT Scanner; Stryker i-Suite™ operating equipment rooms and radiosurgery technology.