Escape Winter with These Ultimate Travel Destinations 

As the winter months approach, it's the perfect time to start dreaming of an getaway to a sunny and warm destination. 

Purchase your VGH Millionaire Lottery tickets early and not only will you have a shot at winning the multi-million dollar Grand Prize, but you could also score incredible travel packages from Travel Best Bets. The Fall Bonus, Christmas Bonus and Early Bird draws give you the chance to win thousands to go wherever your heart desires.  

We recently surveyed our lottery supporters and ticket buyers to find their top travel picks, and now we’re unveiling some of the best vacation destinations to escape to this winter.  

Keep reading to discover what destination might just be your next winter vacation.  

Australia and New Zealand: The Southern Hemisphere's Summer 

Australia and New Zealand offer the perfect summer getaway during our coldest months.  Blessed with endless coastlines, vibrant cities, and landscapes that vary from lush rainforests to rugged mountains, you’ll never run out of places to explore. Whether you are interested in diving and snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef, hiking through Milford Sound, or relaxing on a white sand Gold Coast beach, summer down under is the perfect winter escape.  

Mexico and The Caribbean: Tropical Paradise Beckons

The beautiful turquoise waters, swaying palm trees, and rich cultural tapestries draw many towards Mexico and the Caribbean. Discover the Mayan ruins in Tulum, the peaceful shores of the Bahamas or the vibrant culture of Jamaica. Whatever you choose, each destination offers a truly unique and sun-soaked experience you won't want to miss. 

Caribbean/Mediterranean Cruise: Sailing into Warmth and Adventure 

Cruises represent the epitome of a vacation where the journey itself becomes an adventure. Enjoy the convenience of exploring multiple destinations while unwinding in luxury onboard with all the amenities you can think of. And whether you're exploring the streets of Barcelona or the picturesque Greek islands, a cruise vacation in the Caribbean or Mediterranean has something for everyone. It’s the perfect escape for the winter months! 

Africa: A Tapestry of Landscapes and Cultures 

The diverse tapestry of Africa captivated the imagination of respondents, drawing their interest to countries such as South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Egypt. The allure of exploring iconic landmarks such as Victoria Falls, safaris across vast landscapes, and the historical pyramids, promises an exciting getaway during the winter months. With so many countries, cultures, landscapes and languages, deciding where to begin will be a challenge! 

Win Your Winter Escape 

Whether it's the summertime sun of Australia, the white sand beaches of Mexico, the adventure of a cruise, or cultural richness of a South African safari, the possibilities for a winter getaway are endless with your VGH Millionaire Lottery tickets.  

Secure your tickets before the Bonus deadlines to win thousands in travel in the Fall Bonus draw (worth over $36,000), Christmas Bonus draw (worth over $40,000), and Early Bird draws (with 51 winners; worth over $200,000). 

But the excitement doesn't stop there! With your VGH Millionaire tickets, you’ll also be automatically entered in the multi-million dollar Grand Prize draw. Win and choose from luxury home packages in the Lower Mainland, Okanagan and Vancouver Island – or take $2.7 million tax-free cash.  

Don’t miss out – purchase your ticket today, and you could soon find yourself packing your bags for the winter getaway of a lifetime. 

2023 Millionaire Lottery tickets now on sale

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation announced that the tickets for the Millionaire Lottery are now on sale until midnight, January 11, 2024, or until tickets sell out. The Millionaire Lottery supports VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation and money raised goes to funding innovative research, advancing specialized adult health care, and purchasing critical medical equipment at Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, Vancouver Community Health Services and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.

“The funds raised through the Millionaire Lottery impact the most specialized adult healthcare delivered to all British Columbians at VGH, UBC Hospital and GF Strong Rehab Centre,” said Angela Chapman, President and CEO, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. “By purchasing your Millionaire Lottery tickets in support of VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, you help fund world-leading research and medical equipment. From point-of-care ultrasounds to mobile x-ray machines; from research in ovarian cancer to healthy aging and addiction medicine research, lottery proceeds are providing the best tools to skilled physicians and surgeons, as well as advancing medical care and knowledge in our province. Together, we transform health care. Thanks a million!”

The winner of the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation Millionaire Lottery can choose one of ten grand prize packages. Grand prize homes are located in South Surrey, Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Langley, Courtenay, West Kelowna, Lake Country and Sooke. The grand prize home packages are valued between $3.1 - $2.9 million. The grand prize winner also can choose $2.7 million tax-free cash.

“There are over 3,000 prizes to be won worth over $3.5 million in this year’s 2023 Millionaire Lottery,” said Todd Talbot, Millionaire Lottery Spokesperson. “The Millionaire Lottery supports life-saving care at British Columbia’s largest hospital and helps our doctors, nurses, staff, health care workers, and all the patients who visit VGH every day. The simple truth is, if you are seriously ill or injured, VGH and UBC hospitals are your best chance. There are few illnesses or injuries these medical teams cannot treat, no matter how complex or rare.”

“By purchasing a lottery ticket, you will also have the chance to win one of ten grand prizes. One of the grand home prize packages is worth over $3.1 million and includes a 3,645 sq. ft. home in South Surrey. This modern farmhouse home has four bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, custom cabinetry, high- tech kitchen, radiant floor heat and air conditioning, and over $85,000 in furnishings,” said Talbot.

Millionaire Lottery tickets are 2 for $100, 5 for $175, 10 for $300 and 25 for $600. The lottery also includes extra games: the 50/50 PLUS lottery with a maximum prize payout up to $1,200,000 (depending on the number of tickets sold), and the Daily Cash PLUS game returns with 105 days of winning, with a value of all prizes being $325,000.

To encourage early ticket buying, there will be three Bonus draws, worth over $107,000 total, and an Early Bird draw worth over $200,000. 50 winners will receive $1,000 cash each, and one winner of the Early Bird draw will choose between a:

About VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation is Vancouver Coastal Health‘s primary philanthropic partner, raising funds for specialized adult health services and research for all British Columbians. We partner with donors to drive innovation and sustainable health care at VGH, UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehab Centre, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, and Vancouver Community Health Services.

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation invests in health care innovations that would otherwise be impossible. By empowering a constellation of project, places and people, we are advancing our understanding of disease and illness—improving the health of individuals and our health care system, from hospital to home. We are committed to transforming health care to put us within reach of tomorrow’s treatments and cures. Join us in making real change.

For more information on VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation visit