The annual lottery to keep the STARS air ambulance helicopters flying is in danger of not selling out for the first time in its 24 year history.
As of this morning (Mar. 20) they had sold about 90 per cent of the 760,000 tickets that were printed.
"Last year we were at about 97 per cent going into the final stretch and the last ticket sold the day of the cutoff at night, like at around 11:00 p.m., so it was really a narrow squeeze last year," reported Fatima Khawaja of STARS.
"It's probably a combination of things, but certainly everybody is seeing the effects of the downturn and STARS is as well," Khawaja replied when asked the reason behind the poor ticket sales. "We are truly appreciative of the folks who did get out and buy that $25 ticket because every little bit does help."
The cutoff this year is Wednesday, March 22 at midnight.
"The final draws will be made on April 13 and they'll be telecast live on Global Calgary," noted Khawaja. "The main grand prize winners will be informed by phone and all winners will be informed in writing in the mail."
To purchase tickets for the 24th STARS Lottery, follow this link.
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