Winning Big with the Hospital Lottery - theHumm July 2021
Winning Big with the Hospital Lottery - theHumm July 2021
At first glance, Audrey Kealey and Jordan Waito don’t appear to have much in common.
Audrey is 81. Jordan is 22. Audrey is retired and lives in Carleton Place with her husband Brian. Jordan is single and lives in Kanata.
What the two do have in common is often considered to be a “once in lifetime” occurrence. Both Audrey and Jordan have won big on a local hospital lottery.
How big? Each walked away with a car thanks to their support of the Hospital Lottery, now known as Win2021, presented by Almonte General Hospital Fairview Manor (AGHFVM) Foundation and Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital (CPDMH) Foundation.
In 2018, with the generous support of Keith Bean of Bean Chevrolet in Carleton Place, the two hospital foundations presented Car or Cash for Health Care. Old-style paper tickets were sold for $20 for one and $50 for three. Almost 6,500 tickets were sold. On Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, hundreds of ticket buyers had packed the Almonte Civitan Hall for a touchdown party, and to see if they would be the big winner.
Jordan, and his father Jeff, were not in attendance. They had bought their tickets several weeks earlier while attending the National Capital Car Show where the grand prize was on display.
After being called by Robyn Arseneau, Executive Director of the CPDMH Foundation, Jordan, his father and girlfriend came to the Civitan Hall that evening to claim their dream prize — a convertible 1967 Firebird appraised at $30,000.
“It was cool winning a car, especially a rare car like that. My dad had that exact same ’67 Firebird as his first car ever so it was a blast for both of us to drive,” said Jordan.
Audrey Kealey’s win last year in the Win2020 Hospital Lottery had some sentimental value as well. Her husband Brian had bought a ticket for her as a present. Brian thought Audrey would be extra lucky because the draw was taking place on July 9, her 81st birthday. He was right about the extra luck. Audrey won the grand prize, a convertible 2020 Camaro valued at $50,000, again provided by Bean Chevrolet of Carleton Place.
“It was just wonderful winning that car on my birthday,” said Audrey. “I have so much fun cruising around with the top down and the wind blowing my hair. We’re lucky to have Keith and April Bean supporting our hospitals.”
All of the tickets were sold online last year. They were one for $25 and five for $100. The tickets sold out in 33 days. As a result of the pandemic, last year’s draw was held outside under a tent at Bean Chevrolet. The Kealeys live nearby, so getting them over and showing them their beautiful new car only took minutes after they were called with the good news.
This year’s Win2021.ca has a total prize value of $96,000. The grand prize draw announcement of the winner of a 2021 Blazer takes place on Thursday, July 8 at 6:30pm at Bean Chevrolet in Carleton Place. It will be broadcast live on the Facebook page of each Foundation. Tickets are one for $35 and three for $100.
All proceeds from the Win2021 Hospital Lottery will be shared equally by Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital Foundation and Almonte General Hospital Fairview Manor Foundation and used to purchase replacement or new clinical equipment. To date, more than $250,000 has been raised with Bean Chevrolet’s support.
If you don’t think you’d ever win, think again. By supporting the hospital, everyone wins! Tickets are available at win2021.ca .
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