Lacombe residents took home the top prizes in the 2021 Red Deer Hospital Lottery 2021.
Duncan Drummond, of Lacombe, won the dream home worth $840,000, and Frank Nobel, also of Lacombe, took home the $411,475 Mega Bucks 50 jackpot.
Drummond said he was born and raised in Red Deer, and lived in the city up until two years ago.
“I am coming back,” Drummond said with a laugh, who will be joined by his wife and two young children.
Designed by Sorento Custom Homes, the 2021 dream home is valued at over $840,000 and includes a $10,000 cash prize. Located at 101 Larratt Close in Laredo neighbourhood, the modern home features four bedrooms, three full baths, a home gym/playroom, and furnishings from The Brick.
Drummond said he has only seen the dream home online, and it looked beautiful.
“I’m just happy I bought a ticket. Happy I got involved,” said the long-time hospital lottery supporter.
“I’ve been playing it for years. I started to believe I would never win,” said Drummond who first thought Friday’s call from the foundation about his big win was a scam.
Drummond, who works in the oil industry in Fort McMurray, said he just worked six days, and was on his day off before heading back to work, when he got the call.
He said with the industry so hard hit during the pandemic, getting a house mortgage-free really helps.
Other winners announced included Lisa Purves, of Red Deer County, who won the 2021 GMC Terrain TXC, and Lorna Fernie, of Rosedale Valley, who won the 2021 Cadillac CTS.
Proceeds from the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation lottery will be used to support the purchase of electronic fetal monitors for the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre and other health-care centres in Alberta Health Services Central zone.
Each year there are over 2,700 births at Red Deer hospital alone, and electronic fetal monitoring is performed multiple times during pregnancy, labour, and birth to assess the baby’s well-being.
Currently, fetal heart rate tracings are captured through bedside monitors that print paper records and can only be viewed while at the machine. The ability to quickly review, assess, and interpret records is important, and the new technology monitors will digitally record the unborn baby’s heartbeat so the information can be viewed by both onsite and offsite health-care professionals in real time.
Manon Therriault, health foundation CEO, said the success of recent hospital lotteries during such uncertain times is terrific.
“I’m still eternally grateful to see the support we received last year. To be able to see that again, over 90 per cent sold, it’s incredible to see that,” Therriault said.
She said the lottery has been around for more than 22 years, and the relationship with the community and sponsors is special.
“Sorento Custom Homes have been doing our houses for quite a few years now. It’s always such a wonderful partnership. We hear so much feedback on the houses on what people want to see, and they listen.”