It was a Friday afternoon; Chris was taking advantage of the sunshine by catching up on yard work when Christine MacAuley, of the Hospital Foundation Board, called. She gave Chris the stunning news that he and his wife Laurie Sorensen had won the $100,000 Grand Prize in the Lotto for Life Final Draw. Chris, a commercial fisher, could not believe what he was hearing, but soon afterwards he made a solo appearance at the Foundation office as Laurie had to work. The couple is taking time to decide how to use their lucky payout, but family is foremost on their list. Additionally, the couple also made a generous donation to the Hospital Foundation as a way to pay if forward.
The Sorensens were not alone; Lotto for Life 2nd place prize winners, Betty Armstrong & Art Smith of Parksville, also took charge of their 2014 Chevrolet Cruze recently. Betty is a long term Lotto for Life ticket purchaser, but had never won a prize. She was “shocked” to learn that she and Art had won a new car and explained “this is a great cause first and foremost. It is important that we all give a little back of what we have.”
Lotto for Life is the longest running hospital lottery in British Columbia. Tickets for the 22nd lottery will be on sale in January 2015 and all proceeds from the fundraiser stay within the region to purchase medical equipment for Central Vancouver Island residents visiting NRGH. Lotto for Life is organized and run by the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation with thanks to ticket purchasers who support this worthy cause. To see a full list of all 100 prize winners visit www.nanaimohospitalfoundation.com/lotto