The 2020 Y Dream Home Lottery website went live at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all ticket sales will be done online — at ydreamhome.ca — and viewings of the home itself will be done via virtual tours online.
The annual lottery raises money for Kamloops YMCA-YWCA programs and sees one lucky person win a newly built abode, which this year is located at 160-200 Grand Blvd. in Orchards Walk in Valleyview.
The 2020 Y Dream Home, valued at $700,000, has been built by members of the Central Interior chapter of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association and the students and staff from the Thompson Rivers University trades program.
This year’s odds of winning are 1 in 20— the lottery’s best odds ever.
This year’s draw features 849 prizes, including the grand prize home, and the 50/50 draw will return once again, with tickets sold online for the first time. As of April 7 at 9 a.m., the jackpot was at $954 and will grow as tickets are sold, with the maximum prize for the winning ticket being $200,000.
There are 17,000 Y Dream Home tickets available, with 10,200 tickets for $100.00 and 6,800 tickets in the five-for$400 category. Last year, tickets sold out last year in just 10 days, which set a record.
Kamloops Y Dream Home lottery spokesman Bryce Herman has told KTW sales and viewing procedures could change if social-distancing measures are relaxed toward the July 8 draw date.
This year, the Central Interior chapter of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association is celebrating a 30-year partnership with Thompson Rivers University in building the Dream Home training house — 26 of those years being with the Kamloops Y.
Since the program’s inception, more than 300 students have taken part and graduated to move into residential construction careers of their own.