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STARS News Release

STARS Lottery launches with 3,200 prizes

January 14, 2016

STARS is celebrating its 30th birthday and has flown more than 30,000 missions, made possible with the help of STARS lottery. The lottery officially kicks off today with 3,200 prizes valued at more than $5.6 million and the Lucky STARS 50/50 draw in which someone will win up to $1.55 million.

STARS’ very first patient was Kelly Hulstein, who was only hours old when she was flown from Lethbridge to Calgary that winter day in 1985. She and her twin brother were born more than two months prematurely and faced an uncertain future. While Travis was flown by fixed-wing from Medicine Hat, Kelly was picked up by STARS and taken to Foothills Hospital.

“My family has been grateful to STARS for 30 years,” said Kelly. “We all know I couldn’t have celebrated my 30th birthday if STARS didn’t pick me up that day.”

STARS president and CEO Andrea Robertson says STARS was born out of the vision of saving just one life. Soon, one life turned to two, and now 30 years later, STARS has flown over 30,000 missions.

“Our story doesn’t end here, though,” she said. “STARS is busier than ever and in these challenging economic times we are relying on community support of the lottery to help us continue providing the highest level of care available.”

STARS Lottery raises more than $11 million net each year to help ensure the familiar red helicopters are able to continue helping critically ill and injured patients across the province. It is the single largest source of funding for STARS in Alberta.

This year, STARS Lottery offers five grand prizes, including four furnished luxury homes, one each in Calgary, Edmonton, Sylvan Lake and Lethbridge, worth a total $4,195,000.The fifth grand prize is a home-away-from home fifth wheel and 2016 GMC Sierra SLT Crew Cab truck worth $141,503.

There are 665,000 tickets available for the LUCKY STARS 50/50 jackpot that could see one supporter winning up to $1.55 million or half the pot. Tickets are $10 each, 5 for $25 and 15 for $50.

Two exciting early bird prizes are available to be won in STARS Lottery for those who buy their tickets before the March 2 early bird deadline. These are a- $100,000 cash prize and a prize package that includes a 2016 Audi TT Quattro Coupe, plus seven nights for two adults at the IBIS London Earls Court Hotel in London and $5,000 cash worth $77,927.

In addition to the grand and early bird prizes, there are nine vehicles, 30 fantastic vacations, 1,438 electronic prizes, and 1,650 other great prizes including cash, jewelry and luggage. Among these are two prizes in which the winners will enjoy a flight aboard a STARS helicopter. Buyers are eligible for all prize draws if tickets were purchased prior to the applicable deadlines. All winning tickets go back into the drum for all draws.

Tickets are available by visiting starslotteryalberta.ca or by calling 1-888-880-0992. Lottery ticket prices are a single ticket for $25, 3 for $60, 6 for $100, and 18 for $250.

The early bird draw is March 18, 2016 with ticket sales cut off March 2, 2016 at midnight. The final draw is set for April 14, 2016 with ticket sales cut-off at midnight on March 23, 2016. If tickets sell out prior to the early bird deadline, all draws will begin on March 21, 2016 with approval from the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission. The LUCKY STARS 50/50 draw will be held April 11. The lottery licence number is 414038. LUCKY STARS 50/50 licence number is 414039.

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 in Alberta has bases in Calgary, Edmonton and Grande Prairie.

For more information:


Dean Faithfull
Lottery Manager
Black Fund Development Inc.
(403) 543-2747
dean.faithfull@blackinc.ca