Lottery supports Nanaimo hospital equipment upgrades

A 2014 Chevrolet Cruze and $100,000 will be among the prizes up for grabs in the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation’s 2014 Lotto for Life lottery.

Proceeds from each $100 ticket sold will go toward Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Only 5,000 tickets will be available.

According to Brenda Rositano, foundation director of corporate relations, the Lotto for Life has been going for 21 years and has raised close to $7 million. Last year’s total of $452,400 went to the regional hospital’s emergency department.

And while the lottery hasn’t undergone any major changes during the past two decades, this year’s Lotto for Life will be different than the others as there won’t be an early bird draw.

“We just thought we’d try something different,” Rositano said. “We only have one cut-off date and one draw.”

Total value of prizes is $190,000 and also includes cash, shopping sprees, gift cards and certificates and vacations to Hawaii and Mexico. A full prize list can be viewed and more information can be found at the foundation website A lottery brochure is included in today’s edition of the News Bulletin.

To purchase tickets, please go to Central Island RBC and Coastal Community Credit Union branches, the hospital lobby, the foundation’s office on Bowen Road, Woodgrove Centre’s guest services desk, Nanaimo North Town Centre’s administration office, hospital auxiliary thrift store and Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut at Country Club Centre. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 250-755-7640 or filling out the entry form in the brochure. Deadline to buy tickets is Feb. 28, with the final draw taking place March 14 at 3 p.m. at North Town Centre.

The lottery is important to the community, said Rositano.

“It’s a great way for the community to get involved with [its] hospital by supporting it with a ticket purchase and finding out about the foundation,” she said.

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