With prize home lottery season in full swing, we were given a private tour of one of the Millionaire Lottery’s seven prize home options – a two-level penthouse at Central on False Creek.
The 22nd-floor, two-bedroom-plus-den home has 1,355 square feet of living space and another 440 square feet of private rooftop deck with epic southerly views over Vancouver and Burnaby.
The bright living area has high ceilings and an open concept to the kitchen and dining area, with floor-to-ceiling windows plus a sunny balcony. Also on the main floor are two bedrooms and two bathrooms, including a master suite with walk-in closet and huge shower in the ensuite. The glass-balustraded staircase to the den and rooftop deck acts as a lightwell, adding to the airiness of the lower level.
The contemporary home has high-end finishings, including stainless-steel Jenn-Air appliances, oversized subway tile backsplash, hidden fridge-freezer, marble and travertine countertops, automated lighting and sound control with built-in speakers, and engineered oak hardwood floors.
The total home prize package is worth $3.1 million, which includes $75,000 cash, $30,000 in furniture credit and two cars – a 2018 BMW i3 and a 2018 Audi Q5 Technik SUV.
The Millionaire Lottery raises around $3 million each year for the VGH and UBC Hospitals Foundation, and pays for the essential replacement and maintenance of medical equipment. Now in its 21st year, the lottery has raised more than $50 million in total.
Sheril Gelmon, lotteries coordinator at VGH and UBC Hospitals Foundation, who took Glacier Media on the penthouse tour, said, “When donors donate money, they’re often donating to a specific department or piece of equipment. Which is wonderful, but it means some necessary things get overlooked. The lottery funds are undesignated, which means they go to fund everyday pieces of equipment that wear out.”
Gelmon said that the Vancouver condo prize is unusual in that the home belongs to the foundation, which is why it has been a prize option the past couple of years. She added that there’s a misconception that the prize homes and other prizes – of which there are more than 3,100 in total – are donated to the lottery, which is not true. Most of the lottery prize homes are contracted with the owner, and if they’re not chosen by the winner, they are released back to the owner. The other prizes are purchased by the foundation – “and all those other prizes find homes,” said Gelmon.
Other prize home options include this Tsawwassen detached family home and a stunning contemporary ocean-view house in Sidney. The seven prize home packages are valued between $3 million and $3.2 million, with an eighth option of $2.7 million in tax-free cash. Gelmon said that historically, most winners have opted for the prize money.
An early-bird bonus prize applies to tickets purchased before November 9, with various other bonuses available. The grand prize will be drawn on January 31, 2019.
Check out more photos and the floorplan of this cool penthouse, below.