Love It Or List It-Vancouver host Todd Talbot made the announcement that G. MacDonald of Quesnel is the winner of this year's Millionair Lottery benefitting the VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation. (Photo submitted)

G. MacDonald of Quesnel has a new luxury home

The VGH-UBC Hospital Foundation prize winner is local

Home is where the heart is, but a brand new one is wherever ticket number 7828329 decides is should be.

That was the number selected at random for the Millionaire Lottery Grand Prize which was a luxury home in some of the province’s hottest real estate markets. The winner’s current home is in Quesnel.

The announcement was made Feb. 1, first by the co-host of Love It Or List It-Vancouver, Todd Talbot, who made the initial announcement on the VGH Millionaire Lottery social media channels. Then Global News anchor Coleen Christie broadast it to the whole province.

“This year’s lottery prizes feature 10 incredible grand prize options, including stunning home packages all over B.C.,” said Talbot. The list to choose from included homes in Vancouver, Langley, South Surrey, Whiterock, Courtenay, Sooke, Kelowna, West Kelowna, plus a $2.7-million cash option. “The choice is all yours.”

Specifically, the choice belongs to G. MacDonald of Quesnel. That was the name attached to ticket number 7828329.

“Can you imagine that? I mean, your life just changed,” said Talbot. “I can’t wait to hear this person’s response up in Quesnel.

“The best part, of course, is every ticket purchased supports life-saving care at British Columbia’s largest hospital,” said Talbot.

The purchase of the tickets was estimated to net the VHG-UBC Hospital Foundation $6.5-million this year.

Gary Segal, the past-chair of the VGH-UBC Hospital Foundation said that the proceeds from the annual charity “are used to purchase urgently needed medical equipment for VGH (Vancouver General Hospital) and UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehab Centre, and other vital community healthcare centres. These funds support our healthcare heroes as they deliver the best, most specialized care for patients from across the province. Each and every ticket purchased has a direct impact on patient care.”

To see the announcement video, click here.

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