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STARS Urges Albertans to “Show the Love” by Supporting the STARS Lottery

Calgary/Edmonton, AB – For more than 30 years, STARS has been writing love stories. Every time we fly a successful mission, we help to make a love story possible for a couple, a family, a community. Every day we see love stories unfold in our hangars when our crews reunite with their patients.

STARS has been honoured to craft thousands of love stories thanks to the generosity and passion of our donors. Albertans’ support of the STARS lottery is one of the ways we are able to make our patients’ heart-warming and life-affirming stories possible.

Unfortunately, the continuing stormy economic climate in the province is leading to an unsettling drop in ticket sales in the STARS lottery — a fundraiser that covers one-third of our annual operating costs. There is an urgent need for more public support of the lottery to help save lives.

“As we thank Albertans for the stories of survival their past support has created, we also urge them to continue showing STARS the love,” said STARS president and CEO Andrea Robertson. “Your ticket purchase helps us write these stories for the next patient.”

STARS recognizes that times are tough for many, so the organization is asking its loyal supporters to consider supporting the lottery by purchasing a $25 ticket this year.

STARS VIP Hugh Watson and Jacqueline Keats’ engagement photo at the STARS hangar (photo credit: Crush photography)

Your support of the lottery has made the love story of Very Important Patient Hugh Watson possible. Watson was critically injured in an ATV-related incident and carried by STARS in 2009. “I wouldn’t have been able to propose to the love of my life, Jacqueline, if it weren’t for STARS,” said Watson. The couple felt STARS had played a significant role in their love story, and to commemorate it, had engagement photos taken at the Calgary hangar in front of the helicopter.

STARS VIP Hugh Watson and Jacqueline Keats at today’s media event in YYC

VIP Marcus Hirschfield, who was airlifted after his RCMP patrol car was hit at highway speed on Valentine’s Day, says community support made his rescue possible.  “I’ve lived in Alberta for the past 10 years and know how much Albertans love their province.  I’ve seen members of this community go through fires, floods and disasters and stand strong,” said Hirschfield. “STARS is an essential part of the community that we love, and our love for Alberta compels us to help members of our community in need.”

Pilot Ken Ryniak, Holly Hirschfield, Sophie Hirschfield, STARS VIP Marcus Hirschfield, Titus Hirschfield and flight paramedic Angela Mazzolini at today’s media event in YEG. (Ken and Angela were part of the crew that flew Marcus’ mission in 2013)

STARS operates from three bases in Alberta. One-third of STARS’ operating budget is funded by lottery revenue, which netted more than $11.5 million in 2016.

In the early days of STARS, the organization relied heavily on public support to get it off the ground. More than thirty years later, the organization still counts on Albertans to keep STARS in the sky for years to come.

“Today, we are facing some of the most challenging economic headwinds in STARS’ history,” said Robertson. “This year – more than ever – we ask you to once again stand with us, so we can be there for the patients who so urgently need us.”

The Facts…

3,145 prizes worth over $4.9 million retail – includes:

  • Grand Prize #1 – Calgary Area Dream Home (furnished), 9 Crestridge Rise SW

    • Worth $998,000 retail

  • Grand Prize #2 – Edmonton Dream Home (furnished), 7445 Colonel Mewburn Rd

    • Worth $973,979 retail

  • Grand Prize #3 – Red Deer Dream Home (furnished), 22 Lindman Ave

    • Worth $870,450 retail

  • Grand Prize #4 – Lethbridge Dream Home (furnished), 68 Greywolf Rd North

    • Worth $780,000 retail

  • Early Bird Prize #1 – 2017 Ram 2500 Crew Cab 4×4 plus 2017 Arctic Fox 28F Travel Trailer

    • Worth $127,983 retail

  • Early Bird Prize #2 – $50,000 Cash

  • LUCKY STARS 50/50 – you win 50% of the cash; minimum payout $620,000 up to 50% of ticket sales. Win up to $1,550,000.

  • Other Prizes – 6 vehicles, 24 vacations, 2 helicopter flights, 408 cash prizes, 175 luggage prizes, 350 camping prizes, 250 Lotto prizes, 115 Camera Prizes, 280 Outdoor prizes and 1,463 electronic prizes.

Draw Dates

  • Loyalty Draw – Friday January 27, 2017

    • Ticket sales cut-off midnight January 11, 2017

  • Early Bird Draw – Friday March 17, 2017

    • Ticket sales cut-off midnight March 1, 2017

  • Final Draw – Thursday April 13, 2017

    • Ticket sales cut-off midnight March 22, 2017

  • LUCKY STARS 50/50 Draw – Monday April 10, 2017

    • Ticket sales cut-off midnight March 22, 2017


  • Tickets are $25 each, 3 for $60, 6 for $100, 18 for $250

  • Total tickets printed – 1,125,880

  • The LUCKY STARS 50/50 tickets are $10 each, 5 for $25, 15 for $50

  • Total ticket printed – 760,000

To Purchase Tickets

  • Dial the following number between 8 a.m. and midnight 7 days a week and have your VISA or MasterCard ready 1-888-880-0992 or by fax anywhere in Alberta at 1-877-787-7329.

  • Order online at

  • Order by mail: Enclose your check or money order along with the Official Ticket Request Form and Mail to: STARS Lottery 2013 PO Box 700 Station M, Calgary AB T2P 4Y3

  • In person at any of the 4 Showhomes or at the STARS bases in Calgary, Edmonton and Grande Prairie.

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