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STARS News Release

STARS launches its first lottery in Manitoba

June 4, 2013

Manitoba, June 4, 2013 –STARS has flown over 520 missions to help critically ill and injured patients in their time of need since arriving in Manitoba. Today, it embarks on its first major fundraising mission in the province, with the launch of the 2013 STARS Lottery, featuring 3,255 prizes worth more than $2.7 million.

“STARS came to Manitoba thanks to the commitment of the provincial government. Now that we’re here, our success depends on support from people across this great province,” said Jon Gogan, Base Director for Manitoba, and a veteran STARS pilot. “When Manitobans see the red helicopter flying overhead, they can take comfort knowing a team of highly trained critical-care experts is bringing hope to someone who needs it most.”

The 2013 STARS Lottery features three grand prizes, including: a beautiful million-dollar home in Winnipeg’s South Pointe neighbourhood, plus a 2013 Cadillac ATS luxury sedan and $25,000 cash; a $200,000 cash prize; and a home-away-from home truck and fifth wheel combination worth more than $154,000 retail.

Other prizes include cars, trucks, snowmobiles, vacation packages, cash prizes, furniture, electronics, jewelry, luggage and more. Two lucky winners will even get the opportunity to take the flight of a lifetime aboard a STARS helicopter.

Ticket buyers who make their purchase by July 23, 2013 will be eligible for a special early bird package which includes; a 2013 Mercedes SLK Roadster, a four-night vacation for four at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas, plus $10,000 spending cash.

Tickets for the 2013 STARS Lottery are available by visiting or by calling 1-855-543-2770. Tickets are $60 each, two for $100, six for $250 and 12 for $375. A complete listing of rules, draw dates and prizes is available on the lottery website. All net proceeds will remain in the province to support operations of the Winnipeg base.

STARS is a non-profit helicopter air ambulance organization that provides rapid and specialized emergency care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients. STARS operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week from bases in Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.

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For more information:

Colin Fast, Communications Lead - Manitoba Media Line: 204-833-4646 Email: