26th annual Dream Home Lottery delayed due to COVID-19

Bluewater Health Foundation and Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital Foundation are still set to make dreams come true as part of the 26th annual Dream Home Lottery albeit a little later this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Many have reached out asking if we are still going to be holding a lottery this year,” says Kathy Alexander, Executive Director, Bluewater Health Foundation. “While COVID-19 has delayed aspects of the lottery, specifically the building and furnishing of the home, we’re still a go. We are excited to be able to share more news soon.”

This year’s home, located in Petrolia, will be built by Sepe Construction and designed by D. Janzen Interiors. The alternate cash prize of $500,000 is the largest in the lottery’s history. The prize board also includes a brand new BMW, donated in part by BMW Sarnia, larger cash prizes, the chance to win one of 1,000 Dream Home Lottery tickets, and larger early bird prizes. Full details to be announced at a later date.

Tickets for the lottery, which typically would go on sale October 1st, now will only be available for purchase online or by phone early to mid-December.

A decision regarding open houses will be made at a later date based on advice from Canada’s health authorities.

“In addition to the delay, we’ve had to make some other changes to this year’s lottery in light of the pandemic,” says Alexander. “Having said that, we are confident that this year’s lottery will still make an impact on both Sarnia-Lambton and its local hospital.”

Over the last 25 years, the Dream Home Lottery has successfully raised over $7.4 million for Sarnia-Lambton’s community hospital.