It’s a Win-Win: Get your Millionaire Lottery tickets, help save lives in B.C.
It’s a win-win.
When you get your Millionaire Lottery tickets, you’re helping save lives right here in B.C. – and every purchase goes directly to VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. And you’re also playing to win incredible, life-changing prizes – including multi-million dollar home packages in some the province’s most desirable locations.
“The selection of grand prize show homes this year is over the top,” says Todd Talbot, the Millionaire Lottery’s spokesperson and the host of ‘Love It or List It Vancouver’, who has offered glowing reviews of both the ‘Country Estate’ in Langley and the ‘Ocean View’ home in White Rock. “Truly a spectacular grand prize, and all proceeds from lottery ticket purchases go towards supporting VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation!”
The White Rock home headlines this year’s biggest Grand Prize package, worth over $3.3 million. It combines views of the Pacific Ocean, jaw-dropping modern design and furniture, and an incredible kitchen, living room, and panoramic deck with 4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, an elevator, and 4,100 square feet. And the home in Langley comes in a $3.2 million Grand Prize package – it’s a drool-worthy, 6,400 square-foot private estate in a serene location, a wonderful place to raise a family.
In total, there are 8 Grand Prize options for this year’s biggest winner to choose from, including a breathtaking ‘Island Living’ ocean view home in North Saanich, a ‘City Living’ penthouse in Vancouver, a North Vancouver condo package, an ‘Ocean Cottage’ at SookePoint on Vancouver Island, and a home at ‘Paradise Estates’ in West Kelowna – or you can take $2.7 million cash!
How do you win? You just have to buy your tickets – starting at 2 for $100.
You can also buy 50/50 PLUS tickets – the jackpot could grow to a max of $2.2 million – and Daily Cash PLUS tickets to win an extra $300,000 in cash prizes.
In total, there are over 3,100 prizes to win in this year’s Millionaire Lottery, worth over $4.2 million.
And the cause is even more important…
We all need VGH. And VGH needs you.
Every year, VGH performs more than 30,000 surgeries and attends to more than 600,000 patient visits. The hospital treats 60% of British Columbia’s adult trauma cases – and 50% of its surgical patients are from outside Vancouver.
Your Millionaire Lottery tickets support specialized adult health care and research at Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital and GF Strong Rehab Centre.
“VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation is thankful to everyone who supports the Millionaire Lottery,” says Barbara Grantham, the foundation’s President and CEO. “A single stretcher alone costs approximately $6,800, and the community support of the Millionaire Lottery helps fund an extensive amount of hospital equipment and specialized medical devices, as well as much-needed research; ultimately saving the lives of British Columbians every day.”
One of those British Columbians is 39-year-old Brad Baylis, from Prince George, who was airlifted to VGH after a moose ran into his car in 2018 and the collision sent him and his car careening into a ditch – nearly a kilometer down the road.
The crash knocked Brad unconscious and his injuries were severe. He had fractured his cheek, orbital and nasal bones, the upper palate in his mouth, and his forehead. His brain had extreme swelling and bleeds.
He was estimated to have less than a 10% chance of survival.
So, at VGH, Dr. Myp Sekhorn and his team decided to use the Brain Bolt, equipped with a new micro-dialysis catheter. This level of sophistication is not in use anywhere else in Canada – and only a few places globally – due to the level of expertise and expense required.
“We put the bolt and the catheter into Brad’s brain and the numbers we got back were astounding,” says Dr. Sekhon. “The micro-dialysis numbers revealed that his brain cells were under severe stress and actively degenerating. They were being starved of oxygen and nutrient supply.”
Immediately, this information changed Brad’s direction of care. The team brought Brad’s body temperature down, increased the nutrient levels in his blood, increased his heart function, and controlled his ventilator very specifically. In a few hours, Brad’s brain cells started to pick up and function properly.
“Everything got better in his case,” says Dr. Sekhon. “On day seven he came out of his coma, which is unheard of in a case this severe.”
His recovery was incredible.
He survived, underwent facial reconstruction surgery and, after his treatment and progress at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, he progressed from being able to move his arms and legs “a little bit” and being in a wheelchair to a using walker and then finally to being able to walk on his own.
“In October, less than two months after his accident, we walked all the way around Stanley Park!” says his partner, Carla.
Brad returned home that November, just in time for Christmas, to his family and his life in Prince George – and today is able to continue his lifelong adventure with Carla and to be an active parent to their children, Holden, Bodie, Grier and Levi.
“My birthday is on December 16 and it was different this year,” said Brad. “My kids asked me, Dad, what do you want for your birthday? My only response was, I just want hugs.”
For Dr. Sekhon, stories like Brad’s are why he does what he does.
“The greatest reward in the world for me is seeing a patient go back to their family and their friends with a good quality of life,” says Dr. Sekhon. “That’s huge. Those are kids that wouldn’t have had a father if Brad didn’t survive. And that’s what this is all about.”
Innovative new ideas like the Brain Bolt don’t come from any one person. They come from a community of innovators and investors, using their time, talent, and financial support to create system-wide change. And supporters like you are a vital part of that community.
Transforming health care. Saving lives. Thanks a million.
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