Excitement brews as the 2023 CHEO Dream of a Lifetime Lottery kicks off with an enviable accumulation of prizes exceeding $5 million. At the heart of the lottery sweepstakes is the coveted Minto Dream Home, a home unlike any other, valued at a monumental $3.2 million.
Handcrafted and brought to life by renowned Canadian designer, Tanya Collins and furnished by La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings and Décor, this structure is not merely a house but a work of art. Christened “The Equestrian”, this home not only pays homage to a sophisticated horse-riding culture, but also promotes an eco-friendly lifestyle as this will be the first Minto Dream Home utilizing geothermal systems for heating and cooling, replacing conventional fossil fuels.
Featuring a distinct British equestrian interior style, the home employs a rich palette of leather, dark green, and strong colours, promising a departure from other Dream Homes Collins has previously designed. As Collins puts it, the home is “very rich, very cosy, and very luxurious.”
Winning the grand prize also entails receiving additional perks including $100,000 in cash, a sleek 2023 Mustang Mach-E California Route 1 furnished by Donnelly Ford Lincoln, other services including a year-long house cleaning service by ATC Cleaning, legal services by Mann Lawyers LLP, moving services by Adam’s Moving, and more.
Underpinning the lottery’s excitement and glamour is its fundamental purpose: contribution towards a greater cause. “For us, this is the biggest fundraiser we’ve got, and a real important source of funding for the kids and the families that we serve,” says Steve Read, President and CEO of the CHEO Foundation.
Located at 364 Flare Grove in Manotick, the 4,383 square-foot Minto Dream Home opens its doors to the public from Tuesday to Friday, between noon to 8 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
For Mila Olumogba, CHEO’s significance isn’t merely theoretical. Having experienced first-hand the impeccable care they provided her family when her son was hospitalized, she asserts, “CHEO means family to us. They took such great care of my son, my husband, and my kids.”
However, the grandeur of the Minto Dream Home isn’t the lottery’s only lure. Other notable prizes include a 50/50 draw with a potential to take home over $1.3 million, the enticing Bruce Springsteen Concert Experience that includes front-row seating, and an option to choose between a car, camping equipment, or cash prize. The Early Bird Prize also awards $250,000 when tickets are purchased by Nov. 17.
Interested patrons can have their shot at luck by ordering tickets either online or by calling.