There’s one new millionaire in London and one more resident a lot wealthier this morning than he was yesterday after the Dream Lottery drew it’s grand prize winners Thursday morning.
Glenn Nielsen won the grand prize and has the choice of a beautiful home and $100,000 on Meadowlands Way in London, a dream condo and $400,000 in cash on Callingham Drive or a cool $1 million in cash.
The 50/50 winner, Mark Allot, won nearly $429,000.
Nielsen didn’t really believe the news when reached by phone shortly after the draw, but a hearty round of applause put those doubts to rest.
“All right! I love it!” he said before indicating he would likely take the cash, as almost every winner in the lottery’s history has done.
Allot was equally thrilled, calling his win awesome.
“I can’t believe it,” he said.
Michelle Campbell, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation said the draw was London’s own Powerball.
“We’ve made a new millionaire today and the great thing is our winner doesn’t have to pay tax on their winnings,” she said with a laugh.
The Dream Lottery, she added, is an excellent way to ensure top-flight healthcare in London.
“We’re able to raise funds, engage our community, make someone’s life different, to change lives for people and we have another win-win today for the community.”
The lottery has raised more than $27 million dollars over the years, all of which goes to research, high-tech medical equipment, hospital upgrades and more.
The lottery, which began in 1996, helps support the Children’s Health Foundation, St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation and the London Health Sciences Foundation.