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The Hope Institute for Children and Families Raffles Off $1.6 Million Dream House

A stunning living room awaits the winner of the Chicago Dream House Raffle, benefitting The Hope Institute for Children and Families.
A stunning living room awaits the winner of the Chicago Dream House Raffle, benefitting The Hope Institute for Children and Families.

By Patrice Harris

Some lucky person with a $150 raffle ticket will win a magnificent $1.6 million Chicago dream home or $1.3 million in cash in the 3rd Annual Chicago Dream House Raffle to benefit The Hope Institute for Children and Families. Starting January 20, individuals can purchase $150 raffle tickets for a chance at the dream house, along with other prizes, including cars and vacations. Over 550 prizes will be awarded making the odds of winning a prize 1 in 90. 

The grand prize is a luxurious 4,200-square-foot brand new brownstone located in Chicago.  The five-bedroom home includes 3.5 baths, a gourmet kitchen, two master suites, custom millwork, hardwood floors throughout, and two spacious decks.

“We are thrilled to be launching the 3rd annual Chicago Dream House Raffle.  As our largest fundraising initiative, the proceeds from the raffle will help The Hope Institute for Children and Families provide educational, residential and health care services to more than 23,000 Illinois children and their families each year,” said Mark Schmidt, chief spokesman for The Hope Institute for Children and Families.  The Hope Institute serves children with multiple developmental and physical disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders.

For the second straight year, Pat Sajak, the Chicago Dream House Raffle Celebrity Spokesperson, lends his support for the raffle and will appear in television advertisements and direct mail pieces. “We have two kids who have had no issues in terms of health,” said Sajak when asked why he supports Hope.  “But we have a lot of friends who have not been so fortunate, and I know it is very difficult to deal with as a parent.”

The Hope Institute will sell up to 50,000 tickets for the Chicago Dream House Raffle.  As an incentive to purchase tickets early, the raffle includes cash prizes up to $25,000 in each of three early bird drawings for tickets purchased before the deadlines of February 21, March 21 and April 18.

Other early bird prizes include the winner’s choice of a Mini Cooper, Toyota Prius or a Ford Mustang and trips to Prague, Czech Republic; Vienna, Austria; Maui, Hawaii; Jamaica and more. The deadline to purchase tickets for the grand prize drawing is May 23 and the drawing will be held on June 7.  For a complete list of prizes go to www.chicagoraffle.com.

Any individual who buys two or more tickets is automatically entered into a multi-ticket drawing for a chance to win a Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 Roadster or $50,000 cash. If ticketholders refer a friend to purchase a ticket, they will be included in the Refer-a-Friend drawing and given the chance to win $10,000 cash or a pair of Vespa Scooters.

Any individual who purchases a ticket and also purchased a ticket in either the Hope Institute’s 2013 Dream House Raffle or 2011 Dream House Raffle will receive an entry into the Loyalty Drawing for a chance to win a trip to Fiji or $15,000 in cash.

To enter the Raffle, call 1-800-697-7734 or go towww.chicagoraffle.com and register online. Forms can be mailed to The Hope Institute at 15 East Hazel Dell Lane, Springfield, IL 62712.  Entrants may also print online ticket forms and fax them to 888-418-6608. Ticket purchasers must be 18 years or older, have U.S. residency and meet other requirements in the Rules and Regulations as specified at www.chicagoraffle.com/rules

The Chicago Dream House Raffle sponsors include Chicago’s ABC 7 and Comcast.  For photos and descriptions of the Dream House, go to www.chicagoraffle.com/photos.

About The Hope Institute for Children and Families:

Since 1957, The Hope Institute has provided living, learning and health care services to children with multiple developmental and physical disabilities from across Illinois. For more information, go to http://www.thehopeinstitute.us/ or call (217) 585-KIDS.

Dates, Events and Prizes awarded are:

January 20: Raffle begins     

February 21: Early bird 1 deadline (tickets must be purchased by this date to be eligible for the first drawing

March 5: Early bird I drawing,  $25,000 or the winner’s choice of a Mini Cooper, Toyota Prius or Ford Mustang

March 21: Early bird II deadline

April 2: Early bird II drawing, 1st prize winner’s choice of $5,000 cash or trip to either Prague, Czech Republic or Vienna Austria; 2nd prize winner’s choice of $5,000 cash or trip to either Maui, Hawaii or Jamaica

April 18: Early bird III deadline                     

April 30: Early bird III drawing, Winner’s choice of $5,000 cash or trip to either Costa Rica or Quebec City, Montreal & Toronto

May 23: Grand prize drawing deadline   

June 7: GRAND PRIZE drawing   Dream House, $1.3 Million annuity or $1.1 Million lump sum cash; the 2nd prize is $45,000 cash or choice between Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz C250 Coupe, BMW X3. More than 550 additional prizes will be awarded to ticket holders in addition to the Grand Prize. MULTI-TICKET PRIZE is is winner’s choice between a Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 Roadster or $50,000 cash. The REFER-A-FRIEND winner chooses between a pair of Vespa Scooters or $10,000. The LOYALTY PRIZE is winner’s choice between a trip to Fiji and $15,000.

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