Tri-Hospital Dream Lottery Grand Prize a dream come true

Steinbach resident wins $1.2 million

When Christine Wiens visited her newborn granddaughter in early July at St. Boniface Hospital, she never thought she’d be back in one month’s time to receive the news of a lifetime.

On July 27, Wiens found out that she had the winning Grand Prize ticket for the 2017 Tri-Hospital Dream Lottery, the largest prize in Manitoba hospital lottery history.

Christine Wiens, winner of the 2017 Tri-Hospital Dream Lottery Grand Prize, receives her $1.2 million cheque along with her husband, George, and their family.

“I honest to goodness thought it was a prank,” she said, on hearing the news. “You just don’t ever think you’re going to win.”

Wiens has been purchasing lottery tickets to support health care in Manitoba for five years, ever since her granddaughter, Avery, spent four weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Boniface Hospital.

After that experience, the Wiens family looked for a way to say thank you and decided to purchase a lottery ticket. They’ve kept with the tradition year after year.

“It’s an awesome cause,” Wiens says.

The Tri-Hospital Dream Lottery supports three of Manitoba’s largest hospitals: Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg, St. Boniface Hospital, and HSC Children’s Hospital, ensuring that patients receive the best care possible in their time of need.

Thank you to all who purchased lottery tickets in support of excellence in patient care and medical research in Manitoba. We are grateful for your generosity!

Your support makes life-changing discoveries and life-saving care possible. Support St. Boniface Hospital today.