The annual Y Dream Home lottery fundraiser has sold out after just 10 days, which is a record.
A total of 15,000 tickets were sold to those hoping to win an $842,000 prize home in Tobiano.
Kamloops Y Dream Home lottery spokesman Bryce Herman said he has watched as locals have continued to embrace the lottery while similar contests elsewhere haven’t fared as well.
“It was about the 20th anniversary where things really started to catch on,” Herman said.
And it really has caught on — and continues to.
In 2017, Y Dream Home lottery tickets sold out in 23 days. In 2018, they sold out in 13 days.
Both were records.
“Really, I think it’s the fact this is a proven product. People are waiting for it. There’s this anticipation and pent-up demand,” Herman said.
The 3,300-square-foot house was built through a partnership between the Canadian Home Builders’ Association-Central Interior, Thompson Rivers University’s School of Trades and Technology and the Kamloops YMCA-YWCA.
This is the first year a Y Dream Home has been located outside city limits.
An open house is still being held each weekend at the Y Dream Home and, even though tickets are gone, one draw for a sold-out ticket will be held each weekend until the draw date of July 3.
A 50/50 draw that began last year has also returned — and grown.
This time, the pot will go as high as $188,750. As of KTW press time, the pot was at $88,180 and Herman said tickets for that contest are selling “unbelievably well.”
Tickets for the 50/50 draw are available at three locations: John Tod Centre, 150 Wood St., Kamloops YMCA-YWCA, 400 Battle St. and at the Y Dream Home, 110 Cavesson Way in Tobiano.
For more information, go online to ydreamhome.ca.