Calgary

Alberta Children's Hospital lottery ticket sales slow in tough economy

Charity lottos in Calgary have to push extra hard to sell tickets this year, with more people passing on the chance to win dream homes and cars, thanks to the state of the economy.

Money raised this year will go to a specialized unit for traumatic brain injuries

The Alberta Children’s Hospital lottery is struggling with ticket sales this year. (CBC)

Charity lottos in Calgary have to push extra hard to sell tickets this year, with more people passing on the chance to win dream homes and cars, thanks to the state of the economy. 

"We're feeling the pressure of an increased demand and an increased difficulty in getting people to part with their money," said Sean Libin, the chairman of the Kinsmen Care Foundation and the Lotto for the Alberta Children's Hospital.

He's hopeful that people will support the hospital, as the funds raised this year will go toward a specialized unit. 

"This year it's a program and it's called the neuro-critical care unit which is basically a specialized subset of an ICU," he said.

'Pioneering, trend-setting unit'

The unit will feature specialized staff with unique training to deal with traumatic brain injuries. 

"The ultimate goal is that they will be, hopefully, back with their mom and dad and back on the playground or in school, faster than if we didn't have this sort of pioneering, trend-setting unit," said Libin. 

He said no matter the state of the economy, the demands on the hospital remain the same. 

The deadline for buying tickets for the Alberta Children's Hospital lottery is Aug. 28.

With files from Dan McGarvey