Excited Lotto for Life ticket purchasers gathered at Country Club Centre on March 20th for the finale of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation’s annual lottery draw. For the first time since 2003 the fundraising event sold all 5,000 tickets and proceeds will help purchase equipment for two new Operating Rooms at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH). As the final ticket number was called Edward Greskow knew right away he and his wife had just hit the jackpot; he had the ticket number memorized. It took her more than a few minutes to comprehend the windfall.
Nearly every year since 1998 Pauline Ashton has purchased her Lotto for Life ticket in hopes of striking it lucky. When good fortune found her and her husband Edward, it wasn’t shy. Their first and only Lotto for Life win made them $100,000 richer. While the news was incredible Pauline brings the importance of the cause into perspective. She explained Edward “received cancer treatment here at NRGH and I have been to the Emergency Department when I broke my wrist. This is why we bought the ticket, to support the hospital.” Ashton and Greskow are now contemplating how they will share their good fortune.
The grand prize winners were not the only excited ticket holders after Saturday’s draw. Hughene Wall could not believe her ears when she received a phone call announcing her winner of the 2nd place prize; a blue 2015 Buick Encore AWD (all-wheel drive). Wall, of Parksville, purchased her ticket alongside her daughter Angela Schug when the two were visiting Hughene’s daughter, and Angela’s sister, while she was a patient at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH). Mrs. Wall said, “I walked by the ticket desk at the hospital every day and, after a lot of encouragement from Angela, I decided to buy a ticket. I wanted to spend my money on something with purpose and to help the staff that took care of my daughter.” In fact, Angela also won a $300 gift card from Thrifty Foods. This was Mrs. Wall’s first Lotto for Life ticket purchase and in a twist of fate she revealed that her father had also won a blue Buick in the 1970s. Mrs. Wall has six children and a total of thirty-five grandchildren and great-grandchildren and she will be happily visiting family throughout the Oceanside area in her new ‘wheels’.
Lotto for Life is organized and run by the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation with thanks to sponsors who provide prizes at discounted prices, outlets that sell tickets, and especially ticket purchasers who support the hospital. To see a full list of all 100 prize winners visit www.nanaimohospitalfoundation.com/lotto