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STARS News Release

STARS Lottery hoping for a sell out with 2,100 prizes up for grabs

May 14, 2015

Saskatchewan, May 14, 2015 - The 4th annual STARS Lottery officially launched today in support of STARS’ Regina and Saskatoon bases. The lottery is the air ambulance service’s single largest, annual fundraiser that directly supports the care and transportation of critically ill and injured patients across the province.

Since establishing operations in Saskatchewan in 2012, STARS has flown more than 2,200 missions across the province.

“Our helicopters are more than an ambulance in the air,” says president and CEO Andrea Robertson. “They are a sophisticated medical environment brought directly to the patient whether that’s at the side of a road or a small rural hospital.”

Robertson says the Lottery is critical in sustaining its Saskatchewan operations. “Approximately 50 per cent of the operational funding for the Regina and Saskatoon bases comes from local supporters. Each and every person who buys a STARS Lottery ticket is helping patients in their greatest time of need,” she said.

This year’s lottery offers 2,100 prizes worth more than $4.1 million, including two grand prize homes built by D&S Homes. The two showhomes, one in Pilot Butte and in Saskatoon, are each valued at $1.5 million retail. The Saskatoon home is a fully furnished 3,201-square-foot, two-storey walkout. The Regina home is a fully furnished 3,564-square-foot walkout bungalow.

In addition to the two grand prize showhomes, this year’s STARS Lottery offers a spectacular early bird prize—a 2015 Ford F150 Platinum Crew Cab truck and a 2015 219 UU Caravelle Razor boat, plus trailer. The package is valued at $138,000 retail. The deadline to have tickets entered in to the early bird draw is July 2.

There are five outstanding vehicles, 12 vacations, a travel trailer as well as sports, adventure and outdoor prizes, home electronics and appliances, barbecues, mowers, snow blowers, cash, jewelry and two STARS helicopter rides for two. Buyers are eligible for all prize draws if tickets are purchased prior to the applicable deadlines.

Back again is the Lucky STARS 50/50. Purchasers of STARS Lottery tickets will have the opportunity to win up to $800,000 by including Lucky STARS 50/50 tickets with their order. Lottery ticket prices are a single ticket for $60, two for $100, six for $250 and 12 for $375. Tickets for the Lucky STARS 50/50 are only $10 each, five for $25 and 15 for $50.

Tickets are available by visiting http://www.starslotterysaskatchewan.ca or by calling 1-855-449-2444.

The early bird draw will take place July 17, 2015 with ticket sales cut-off July 2, 2015 at midnight. The final draw is set for August 12, 2015 with ticket sales cut-off at midnight on July 22, 2015. The Lucky STARS 50/50 draw date is Aug. 10, 2015 and the cut-off sales date is July 22, 2015. If tickets sell out prior to the early bird deadline, all draws, with the pre-approval of the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority will begin on July 20, 2015.

The lottery licence number is LR14-0094. Lucky STARS 50/50 licence number is LR14-0095.

The faster the STARS Lottery sells out, the greater the net return to help someone in need.

STARS provides specialized emergency medical care and air 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.

For more information:

Bonnie Monteith
Communications Lead
STARS air ambulance
Media: 306-565-8000
bmonteith@stars.ca

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