Many Albertans have cause to celebrate, following the announcement of the 2016 STARS lottery grand prize winners today. The lottery raised more than $11.5 million net for the non-profit, with 3,200 prizes worth more than $5.6 million retail. Lethbridge residents and Edmonton show home winners Ed and Marlene Grinnell were thrilled to learn they had won the $975,000 house.
“We’ve been buying STARS tickets for ten years,” said Ed Grinnell, whose son was flown by STARS. Tragically, he later succumbed to his injuries, but Grinnell is thankful STARS was there that day. “We feel very committed to STARS for the wonderful things they did for us and continue to do for the people of Alberta.”
Andrea Robertson, president and CEO of STARS, made the calls to the lucky winners Thursday morning.
“One of the best parts of our jobs is calling up the winners and telling them they’ve won a prize,” said Robertson. “This year’s lottery is extra special because we couldn’t have sold out without all of Alberta rallying together to help keep STARS in the sky.”
This year’s top five grand prize winners are:
• David Woods of Calgary
Calgary show home worth $1.4 million retail
• Ed and Marlene Grinnell of Lethbridge
Edmonton show home worth $975,000 retail
• Peter and Olive Huvenaars of Taber
Sylvan Lake show home worth $945,000 retail
• Jamie Edmondson of Calgary
Lethbridge show home worth $825,000 retail
• Norm and Carolyn Bonnett of Lethbridge
Home away from home truck and trailer package worth $141,503 retail
Jamie Edmondson of Calgary just returned from her wedding last night and couldn’t believe the exciting news. Edmondson is also a paramedic in the Calgary area who has worked with STARS on scene.
“I’ve seen first-hand the wonderful job STARS does,” said Edmondson. “I have and will always continue to support STARS.”
Winner of $1.5 million from the Lucky STARS 50/50 draw, Phillip Gow of Bowden, says he has been supporting STARS for more than 25 years. “STARS saves so many lives and I’ve always felt it was a worthy cause to support,” said Gow.
The STARS lottery continues to be STARS’ single largest source of funding in Alberta, helping critically ill and injured patients across the province. This was the 23rd annual STARS lottery, which has set records by selling out every year since it began.
For general information about the STARS lottery and for a complete list of winners, which will be posted on April 18, 2016, visit starslotteryalberta.ca
Lottery license number 414038 and Lucky STARS 414039.
Other top prize winners include:
Lucky STARS 50/50 winner – $1.5 million
• Phillip Gow of Bowden
Early bird prize winner – $100,000
• Roy Hecht of Lacombe
Early bird prize winner – 2016 Audi TT Quattro Coupe, London vacation & $5,000
• Gwen Huchulak of Sturgeon County
2016 BMW 328xi
• Shirley Merry of Red Deer
2016 Mercedes CLA 250 4Matic Sedan
• Blake Giesbrecht of Calgary
2016 Lexus NX200T AWD
• Ron Pollard of Fort Saskatchewan
2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 Crewmax
• Brett Siford of Red Deer
2016 Acura ILX Premium
• Barbara Hench of Calgary
STARS provides specialized emergency medical care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients. Our physicians, nurses, paramedics and pilots work with a team of dedicated support staff and community partners to save lives. STARS has bases in Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.
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