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Charity home lotteries with the best odds of winning in 2019

We examine each charity lottery in Canada that offers a dream home as a grand prize to find the lottery with the best odds and the lotteries that give the most back to their charities
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Mathieu Perreault and his wife are big supporters of the St. Boniface Charity Home Lottery. His three children – Violette, Pénélope and Hector – were born at St. Boniface. “Every ticket matters because every life matters,” he says. “Let’s all support this great cause today.”

To help determine what lottery has the best odds, we examined each lottery based on the total number of tickets available for sale and the total number of prizes available to be won in the main prize draws. Based on this, we calculated the “odds of winning” for each charity (with the exception of Alberta’s Full House Lottery, which currently does not publish the number of tickets available for sale). We recognize that this is a rudimentary calculation; it’s meant only to help you assess your theoretical odds. Your actual odds of winning will depend on how many tickets are sold, whether or not tickets are re-entered into subsequent draws (thereby reducing your chances of winning), among other factors.

Still, it’s nice to know that when trying to narrow down where to spend that hard-earned $25 or $100 you can narrow down your best chances of potentially winning a dream home.

Top 11 Charity Lotteries with the Best Odds

  1. CHEO Dream of a Lifetime Lottery — Odds of winning: 1 in 14
  2. Dream It Win It Lottery — Odds of winning: 1 in 18
  3. St. Boniface Mega Millions — Odds of winning: 1 in 19
  4. QEII Home Lottery — Odds of winning: 1 in 19
  5. New Brunswick Hospital Home Lottery — Odds of winning: 1 in 19
  6. Tri-Hospital Dream Lottery — Odds of winning: 1 in 20
  7. HSC Millionaire Lottery — Odds of winning: 1 in 20
  8. Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Home Lottery — Odds of winning: 1 in 24
  9. Kamloops Y Dream Home Lottery — Odds of winning: 1 in 26
  10. Calgary Hospital Home Lottery — Odds of winning: 1 in 30
  11. Foothills Hospital Home Lottery — Odds of winning: 1 in 30

For the full list of all 41 charity lotteries that offer a chance to win a home, check out our aggregated, searchable list of these lotteries

Top 16 Charity Lotteries with the Best Donation Percentages

Mega-lotteries have been criticized for tacking on loads of lower-valued prizes just to boost the probability of winning — the idea being that winning something, and supporting a good cause, will prompt ticket buyers to fork out the $25 to $100 per ticket cost. (Read more on whether or not you should gamble to become a homeowner.)

If this is your concern and you’d rather buy tickets to a mega-lottery where most of the proceeds go to the cause, consider research conducted by Charity Intelligence, a Toronto-based organization that crunches data and financials to help donors determine where their dollars can have the most impact. They analyzed 30 of the largest charities in Canada, not all of which offered homes or properties as a prize. Of those that did offer real estate as a grand prize, here were the top 16 that spent more of the lottery proceeds on donations to their chosen charity beneficiaries than on prizes or operational costs. 

  1. QEII Home Lottery — % of revenue that goes to charity: 32.7%
  2. Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Home Lottery — % of revenue that goes to charity: 31.9%
  3. Full House Lottery — % of revenue that goes to charity: 27.6%
  4. BC Children’s Hospital — % of revenue that goes to charity: 27.1%
  5. HSC Millionaire Lottery — % of revenue that goes to charity: 26%
  6. Calgary Hospital Home Lottery — % of revenue that goes to charity: 24.3%
  7. Foothills Hospital Home Lottery — % of revenue that goes to charity: 24.3%
  8. Big Brothers Home Lottery — % of revenue that goes to charity: 23%
  9. Ultimate Dream Home Lottery — % of revenue that goes to charity: 22.7%
  10. BC Millionaire Lottery — % of revenue that goes to charity: 20.4%
  11. BC Hometown Heroes Lottery — % of revenue that goes to charity: 20.4%
  12. RDRH Foundation Hospitals’ Home Lottery — % of revenue that goes to charity: 20.2%
  13. CHEO – Dream a Lifetime Lottery — % of revenue that goes to charity: 18.2%
  14. The Alberta Kinsmen Club Dream Home Lottery — % of revenue that goes to charity: 10.7%
  15. Alberta Children’s Hospital Lottery — % of revenue that goes to charity: 10.7%
  16. Edmonton Dream Home Lottery — % of revenue that goes to charity: 8.2%
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Romana King
Romana King

Romana is an award-winning personal finance writer with an expertise in real estate. She is obsessed with the property marketplace and is the current Director of Content at Zolo.