© Scott Anderson
Gay Oldhaver, the provincial Chapter Director stopped in Swift Current during her Wishes and Dreams provincial tour to share details of the Saskatchewan Children's Wish Home Lottery.
The Children's Wish Home Lottery has more of a Saskatchewan wide feel thanks to putting up a grand prize of a custom built home anywhere in the province.
During the first 23-years of the lottery, they have been tied into homes in Saskatoon, but this year the lottery grand prize winner can have a custom home built anywhere in the province or take the prize of $1 million cash.
Gay Oldhaver, the provincial Chapter Director stopped in Swift Current last Friday during her Wishes and Dreams media tour where she will be visiting 12 communities to promote the lottery and the Children's Wish Foundation.
"We cover the province, and that's why we thought with the Home Lottery, with the custom build-your-own home anywhere in Saskatchewan, that really ties in to how we are trying to create awareness for families and kids all over Saskatchewan. Because many people don't know they can apply for a wish," Oldhaver said.
By having a chance to win a new home or cottage anywhere in the Southwest, she is hoping there will be strong support for the Children's Wish Home Lottery from this corner of the province.
"That has a lot more appeal to the greater population of Saskatchewan which has always been not only our focus for lottery, but the focus of our foundation. We do wishes border to border."
There are only 22,000 tickets available, with the early bird deadline for the Home Lottery on Sept. 19, while the final purchasing deadline is Oct. 3.
Oldhaver notes that the Children's Wish Foundation has been granting a Saskatchewan records of an average of more than one wish a week, and they are on track to do 60 wishes this year.
"We're kind of confused as to why that's happening," she said of the increased wish requests.
In addition to having a growing population, Oldhaver feels they have been successful in raising the profile of the Foundation in the medical community.
"We've been really communicating with the medical professionals…and really encouraging them to speak to their families."