Paul and Susan Leblanc used to travel to The Hospital for Sick Children so their son could have access to the lifesaving care he needed for his heart condition. Yesterday they had one-million reasons for their visit.
The SickKids parents won the $1 million SickKids Lottery grand prize and picked up their cheque at the Hospital yesterday. Ted Garrard, President and CEO of SickKids Foundation and 13-year-old SickKids patient ambassador, Kaitlyn O’Brien, presented the oversized cheque.
They received a tremendous surprise when their son Zacharie’s surgeon, Dr. Glen Van Arsdell, stopped by to give his congratulations.
“It was good to see him again,” Susan Leblanc said to Toronto Sun videographer Ian Robertson. “We appreciate everything he did when we were first here. It’s very emotional to see him and (great) to say thank you again.”
The Leblanc family’s support of the SickKids Lottery stems from the treatment Zacharie received at the Hospital at only seven months old. He was born with Double Outlet Right Ventricle (DORV) syndrome, which required lifesaving heart surgery. Now almost three, he is a happy, healthy child who loves playing with his older brother Matthew who is four.
The Leblancs have supported many past SickKids lotteries and their winning ticket was the second of three purchased in the recent draw.
Tickets for the next SickKids Lottery are now available and with only 66,500 tickets for sale, it’s the best odds to win $1 million*. You could be next! There are also three incredible dream pack prizes: Dream of Style, Dream of the Arts and Dream of Experiences.
This Lottery offers the best ticket pricing*. Get together with co-workers or friends and purchase a 10-pack of tickets for $500 to get the best possible pricing per ticket. You can also purchase one for $100, three for $200 or five for $300. You can even order your tickets online, which helps us reduce transactional costs!
Good luck! To learn more about the lottery, visit the SickKids Lottery website.
* See rules and regulations at www.sickkidslottery.ca. Lottery License #2797.