With more than 70 per cent of tickets currently sold for the grand-prize draw of $50,000, and nearly $20,000 up for grabs in the 50/50 draw, Powell River Kings Dream Lottery organizers are expecting a flurry of last-minute sales for the Friday, January 12 draw of their annual fundraiser.
On Saturday, January 6, the team’s new bus will be on display in front of Safeway near Joyce Avenue from 11 am-3 pm. Tours of the bus are being offered as part of a final push to sell as many tickets as possible to help pay team costs, including the bus’ purchase.
When the team’s old bus broke down on an early November road trip, the Kings incurred nearly $100,000 in expenses to purchase a new bus as well as additional charter and travel costs.
“The community support through all of this really means a lot to us,” says Powell River Kings Hockey Club Society treasurer and director in charge of fundraiser Joe Mastrodonato. “The bus situation has really rallied Powell River around the team, some people have even made cash donations toward the bus, and we’ve certainly sold more lottery tickets in support of it.”
As the team’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the Dream Lottery faced added pressure once the bus costs were factored into the team’s budget.
Approximately $100,000 in prize money is up for grabs in the lottery, including $50,000 for the grand prize, $15,000 for second prize, $7,500 for third and $3,000 for fourth.
Only 2,499 Dream Lottery tickets were printed and only 4,000 50/50 tickets, which must be purchased in conjunction with the lottery. The 50/50 draw will net a lucky winner another approximately $20,000. Tickets are available at the Safeway event on January 6 and in Town Centre Mall from 10 am-4 pm, Monday through Saturday and at prkingsdreamlottery.ca until 4 pm on January 12.
Mastrodonato says he hopes community members will dig deep for their chance to win.
“We are a community-minded organization and the prize packages are unbelievable,” he says. “We’ve given away more than $600,000 in the last five years, so that’s not small change. If we sold out this year, we’d be able to put quite a bit of money toward the bus and to help the team.”
Powell River Kings Dream Lottery
When: Draw Friday, January 12
Price: $100 per ticket ($20 for 50/50)