Lotto for Life hopes to clear out to clean up

NANAIMO – Lotto for Life needs 900 more ticket sales to maximize revenue for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital emergency medical equipment.

Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation is hoping for a sell-out performance this year.

With less than two weeks left before the ticket sales deadline in this year’s Lotto for Life, Maeve O’Byrne, foundation president, said the organization has just 900 tickets of its 5,000 ticket run yet to be purchased.

“We really, really want to sell out,” O’Byrne said. “Especially since this is the 20th anniversary of the Lotto for Life. We’ve sold 4,100 tickets – approximately 80 per cent.”

The deadline for ticket sales is midnight on March 22.

Tickets are $100 each and even though all the early bird prizes have been drawn, there’s still a chance to buy a winning ticket to cash in on 42 prizes during the final on April 6, including a 2013 Buick Verano and a grand prize of $100,000.

O’Byrne said tickets were selling quickly when they first went on sale this year, but recent purchases have been slower than they were this time last year.

Ticket sales proceeds help purchase new medical equipment for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital’s emergency department.

“We need one last push,” O’Byrne said. “It’s all going to the emergency (department). They still have to pay for the equipment.”

Lotto for Life tickets can be purchased by calling the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation at 250-755-7640 or at any of the ticket sales outlets throughout Nanaimo.

For more information about the lottery, available prizes and ticket purchase locations, please visit the foundation website at