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STARS News Release

STARS 2012 Saskatchewan Lottery Winners Announced

August 15, 2012

Regina, Sask, August 15, 2012 – Today, STARS air ambulance announced its 2012 Saskatchewan lottery winners. Top prize winners included:

Dwayne Prystupa of Regina - Regina show home worth over $1.2 million retail

William Chilliak of Saskatoon - Saskatoon show home worth over $1 million retail

Robert & Ron Petrie of Broadview - Home away from home truck and trailer package worth over $194,000 retail

Lucky grand prize winner, Dwayne Prystupa said his phone has been ringing all morning and news of his grand prize win still doesn’t seem real. “Winning this house feels like a dream. This is absolutely fantastic.” Prystupa added that he used to work in Alberta and understands how important STARS is to the community, and was happy to purchase a ticket in support of the organization.

Bill Chilliak, winner of the Saskatoon Show Home was overwhelmed with emotion to learn of his prize. “STARS is a very good cause and it wasn’t even a question in my mind of whether or not to support the lottery. Winning is a shock.” Mr Chilliak plans to retire next year and said this prize just made his future planning a lot easier.

This year’s STARS Lottery generated approximately $1.2 million net for the non-profit charitable organization. “The STARS Lottery is an important source of funding for the Saskatchewan program,” said Rod Gantefoer, Executive Vice President of the STARS Foundation. “Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and thank you to everyone who supported STARS in our inaugural Saskatchewan lottery.”

Other top prize winners included:

Kyle Bateman of Saskatoon - $30,000 furniture package

Ken Howard of Regina - $30,000 travel anywhere and cash package

Peter Podoleski of Saskatoon - 2012 Acura MDX Premium

Patricia Leibel of Regina - 2012 Lincoln MKZ

Morris Hesje of Prince Albert - 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4WD Crew Cab

Peter & Jean Solie of Sedley - 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Adeline Wessley of Regina - 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS

All winners will be notified in writing and listed on the STARS Lottery website at http://www.starslotterysaskatchewan.ca and the top 10 winners will also be published in Saskatchewan’s four daily newspapers on August 22.

The early bird draw took place on July 11 with Cecile Curran of Regina claiming a prize package worth over $90,880 retail which included a 2012 Mercedes SLK350, a Las Vegas vacation, plus $5,000 cash.

All the proceeds from the STARS Lottery will stay in Saskatchewan to support the provincial program. STARS began operations from its Regina Base on April 30, and looks forward to opening a second base in Saskatoon later this year.

About STARS

A charitable, non-profit organization, STARS provides rapid and specialized emergency medical care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients. STARS currently operates from five bases across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Since 1985, STARS has flown more than 23,000 missions.

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For more information:
Kelly Brossart
STARS Communications
Saskatchewan Media Line: 306.565-8000
Email: kbrossart@stars.ca
Website: http://www.stars.ca