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STARS News Release

STARS announces 2013 Saskatchewan Lottery winners

August 14, 2013

Saskatchewan, Aug. 14, 2013 – Celebrations are occurring across the province today as winners of the 2013 STARS Saskatchewan Lottery are announced. This year, 2,206 prizes were up for grabs worth more than $3.8 million retail. This year’s top prize winners include:

Tyla Bernakevitch of Regina - Saskatoon show home worth $1.4 million retail

Gwen Rusnak of Saskatoon - Regina show home worth $1.2 million retail

Edward Anderson of Humboldt - Home away from home truck-and-trailer package worth $187,000 retail

Grand prize winner, Tyla Bernakevitch was overcome with emotion upon hearing of her good fortune. “This is the first time I have ever bought a lottery ticket but did so because it’s such a good cause.” The 32 year old and her fiancé are already looking forward to becoming first-time home owners. “We’ve wanted a house for some time but couldn’t afford it and a wedding. This prize is going to change our lives,” said the teary eyed administrative clerk.

Gwen Rusnak was equally shocked to learn she had won a million dollar show home. “STARS is such a great cause and I just wanted to support the organization. I never thought I would actually win,” said Rusnak, who first heard the good news from her sister-in-law. “This is the most amazing news a person can get but I think this is going to take a while to sink in.”

STARS Foundation executive vice president, Rod Gantefoer, thanked supporters, saying every ticket purchased helps STARS. “The lottery is the single largest fundraiser put on by STARS, raising approximately over $1.6 million net this year. “We would like to congratulate the winners and thank everyone who purchased a ticket. Your tremendous support of STARS helps save lives.”

Other top prize winners include:

Brad Rix of Moosomin - 2013 Acura MDX Premium

Anne Reinhardt of Eatonia - 2013 Lincoln MKZ

Gayle Howard of Saskatoon - 2013 Chevrolet Silverado crew cab 4X4

Helen McClughan of Raymore - $30,000 travel anywhere package

Doug & Lynn Mewis of Elrose - $30,000 Ashley Furniture package

Russell Schemenauer of Lashburn - 2013 Hyundai Elantra 4 door GLS

Clara Hittel of Leader - $25,000 cash

For general information about the STARS Lottery and for a complete list of winners, which will be posted by noon, Aug. 19, 2013, visit Lottery license LR12-0101.

STARS is a non-profit helicopter air ambulance organization that provides rapid and specialized emergency care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients. Our doctors, nurses, paramedics, and pilots work with a team of dedicated support staff and community partners to save lives. STARS operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week from bases in Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie and Winnipeg.

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For more information:

Kelly Brossart
Media: 306-565-8000