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STARS Lottery 2011 launched in Red Deer

There are loads of prizes to be won – including a brand new home in Southbrook – in this year’s STARS Lottery.

It’s the single largest fundraiser for STARS, which provides emergency medical service 24 hours a day with the familiar red BK117 helicopters from bases in Calgary, Edmonton and Grande Prairie.

“Last year’s lottery sold out generating over $10 million,” said Dr. Greg Powell, president and CEO of STARS. “Every individual who purchases a ticket helps us continue to carry out our mission of caring for critically ill and injured patients.”

The STARS Lottery includes five grand prizes worth more than $3.6 million retail, including the show home in Red Deer plus others in Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge.

The Red Deer home, built by Mason Martin Homes Ltd. is a 2,600 sq. ft model dubbed ‘The Acadia’. Listed at a retail cost of $900,000, the spacious two-storey house is located at 4 Sorenson Close.

Another featured prize is a ‘home away from home’ truck and trailer worth $123,700.

There are also a couple of early bird packages including a $100,000 cash prize and a 2011 Mercedes GLK350 with a Las Vegas vacation package for two (plus $5,000 in spending money).

A multitude of other prizes are also available including 10 vehicles, 1,879 electronic prizes, 450 cash prizes and 1,224 other prizes including luggage and jewellery.

“Stars has flown more than 20,000 missions since we began in 1985, providing rapid access to emergency medical care and transport for the critically ill and injured,” said Powell.

Dale Miller of Innisfail can certainly attest to the efficiency of STARS. He’s utilized the service on two separate occasions after suffering heart attacks in 2008 and again last year.

“I’m pleased to say that STARS got me to Foothills Hospital (in Calgary) in time, or I wouldn’t be standing here today,” he said. “Both heart attacks were very serious. I basically have about one-third of my heart that is workable – the rest is scar tissue.

“STARS is very important to me and to Alberta,” he said. “It’s made up of several teams of dedicated, highly-trained individuals who know there is a need for their expertise and dedication.”

Meanwhile, show home hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday.

Tickets for the STARS Lottery 2011 are $25 each, five for $100 and $15 for $250.

They can be purchased at the show home, by visiting or by calling 1-888-880-0992. Ticket sale cut-off for the early bird draw is March 2.

The final draw is April 13 with ticket sales cut-off March 23.

If tickets sell out early, all draws will take place March 16.