Dr. Paul Trepanier

Dr. Paul Trepanier

Annual lottery supports Nanaimo patient care

NANAIMO – The 23rd annual Lotto for Life will support CT scanner supplies and equipment purchase at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

Tickets are on sale again for B.C.’s longest-running hospital lottery.

Nanaimo and District Hopsital Foundation’s 23rd annual Lotto for Life, which supports Nanaimo Regional General Hospital’s patient, diagnostic equipment and construction programs, has been tallying up tickets sales since early January, offering purchasers chances to win 80 prizes, including a $100,000 grand prize, a new car, a Mexican vacation package and more.

“All of the prizes are supplied by local, central Island businesses,” said Brenda Rositano, foundation director of corporate relations.

Those local businesses give serious discounts to help the foundation purchase their products for prizes.

Lotto for Life tickets, $100 each, are on sale until March 4 and just 5,000 tickets available so chances of winning a prize are good, but Rositano advises people not wait too long to purchase.

“Last year we sold out and we’re nearly 25 per cent sold already and we’re only three weeks into January,” Rositano said. “Don’t wait until the last day because we had people who missed out last year.”

The main prize draw event happens March 18 at Nanaimo North Town Centre.

Since 1991, Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation has raised more than $45 million for NRGH and its affiliated health-care facilities.

Portions of this year’s lottery sale proceeds will help purchase CT scanner equipment and supplies for the NRGH medical imaging department.

Tickets are available at RBC and Coastal Community Credit Union branches from Chemainus to Qualicum Beach, Woodgrove Centre, Nanaimo North Town Centre, Nanaimo Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store and Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut and NRGH lobby.

For information and ticket purchases, please visit http://bit.ly/1JYzlxu.