The 2017 fall Dream Lottery home at 2074 Ironwood Rd. (Photo by Miranda Chant, Blackburn News)

Fall Dream Home A Slam Dunk

Shooting hoops on your own London Lightning approved indoor basketball court, or sipping espresso while watching the action at Boler Mountain could be your new reality thanks to the fall edition of the Dream Home Lottery.

The semi-annual lottery, in support of the London Health Sciences Centre, Children’s Hospital, and St. Joseph’s Health Care London, kicked off Thursday at the Wickerson Woods dream home at 2074 Ironwood Rd. The 4,285 sq ft home overlooks Boler Mountain and features a basketball court in the basement. There is a hidden pantry and a built in espresso machine in the open-concept kitchen.

The four-bedroom home is valued at $1,449,800.

“We built this house in 90 days and it was a labour of love,” said owner of Millstone Homes Vasile Caniuca, whose team built both dream homes being offered in the fall sweepstakes. “It is perfect. Every single room in this home is my favourite.”

The second dream home at 120 Carneigie Lane in Highland Green Estates is a 5,612 sq ft, two-storey home. The three-bedroom house backs onto the Highlands Country Club and is valued at $1,467,225.

As always, the grand prize winner of the lottery has their choice of either of the two luxury homes or $1-million cash.

The 50/50 Plus draw is back with a guaranteed minimum prize of $250,000 and no maximum. In the spring the 50/50 reached $912,765, with the winner getting half.

New this fall is the chance to win thousands of dollars worth of prizes every day in February with the Money and Memories Calendar. Each day will see draws for travel certificates and cash.

Since launching in 1996, the lottery has raised a net total of over $30-million in support of London’s three hospitals.

“The great thing about the lottery proceeds is that they are unrestricted dollars,” said John MacFarlane, president and CEO of the London Health Sciences Foundation. “So we can use those for the highest priority needs of the institutions. Often times it goes to new equipment. It may go to research or other patient care programs that help make our hospital system one of the finest in the country. That is all because of the community supporting our dream lotteries.”

Tickets for both the Dream Lottery and 50/50 Plus draw are on sale now and will continue to be until December 14. The grand prize draw will be made on January 11.

For more information on the Dream Lottery and its prizes, click here.