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This week's reflection

This week's reflection

I believe the second half of one's life is meant to be better than the first half. The first half is finding out how you do it. And the second half is enjoying it.

Frances Lear

Persistence pays off for hospital home lottery winner

January 07, 2016

L to R: Alphonse Pilon, President, Marcson Homes, Giovanni Padua, 2015 grand prize home winner, Edith Padua, Vanessa Padua, and Ron Gilberston, Board Chair, Caritas Foundation.

The Padua family has been buying ticket packs for the 2015 Caritas Foundation Lottery for the last nine years. They have won small prizes along the way like gift certificates and a watch. 

But this year, Giovanni, 47 and his wife, Edith, 43 won the grand prize worth $1.7 million and a cash prize of $25,000. They were at home on December 9, 2015 when they received the call of a lifetime. Giovanni was in disbelief.

“After a few seconds, I turned red and I told my wife I need to drink water, I was panicking, and then I said ’Wow‘ it felt like an earthquake aftershock,” Giovanni says.
Edith decided to purchase the winning ticket online.

“He didn’t even know I purchased a ticket,” Edith says. “I always purchased the tickets in my name but this is the first time I put it under his name. It was a good decision to make.”

Funds from the lottery ticket sales support initiatives such as the Northern Alberta Vascular Surgery Program based at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital, which specializes in the medical management or surgical treatment of vascular disease. The Caritas Foundation supports the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre, the Grey Nuns Community Hospital and the Misericordia Community Hospital.

“It’s such a great cause. I work at the Misericorida so I know it is important work and I support this every year since I started working at the Mis,” Edith says.

Coincidently, Edith is a nurse at the Misericordia Hospital and Giovanni is an electrician who was recently was laid off in August. He’s back in school and the family of four will need some time to decide what to do with the 4,212 sq. ft. home in Langdale, Windermere. In the meantime, the couple says they will continue to buy tickets to support the cause.

“To win is joy but to help that’s a big cause, I want to help others that’s why we buy these tickets,” says Giovanni and it’s not just Caritas Foundation tickets; we buy other tickets to support important causes.”

Since 1994, the home lottery has raised $25 million for Covenant Health services and programs.

Read Edmonton Journal's news coverage of the lucky Edmonton couple

Read Edmonton Sun's news coverage of the lottery home winner