2018 TMC Mega Raffle Marks Record Breaking Year with Early Sell-Out
Final and Early Bird Winners Announced for Tucson Medical Center Mega Raffle
By: Tucson Medical Center
Michael Duran, vice president and chief development officer exclaimed, "We are overwhelmed and humbled by the tremendous response from the community and their support for the 2018 TMC Mega Raffle! It was a record breaking year with tickets selling out three weeks early and the 50/50 jackpot reaching an all-time high. Thanks to everyone that entered. With your support we will continue to deliver exceptional health care with compassion."
The two Early Bird prize winners were Robert Vernon of Sierra Vista and Joanne Haller of Tucson. Vernon won the Kenya African Safari vacation package and a 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 4X4 and Joanne won the vacation for two to Iceland Excursion and 2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk 4X4. Both Early Bird Prizes were valued at more than $60,000 and included a $17,000 cash prize.
This year's Grand prize winner was Frank Martinez, a Tucson native and father of six. He and his wife both consider TMC their family's hospital. His wife worked as a clerk at the hospital when she was attending college and all of their children were born at TMC.
Frank purchased one ticket and five entries into the jackpot. He was shocked to learn his ticket was the winner of the A.F. Sterling Home or $600,000 cash, "This is life changing for us. We are so grateful to TMC."
Beverly Kudla of Tucson is the winner of Grand Prize #2 – a 2018 Lexus LC plus cash or a $150,000 cash option. Kudla entered the raffle for the first time after missing the deadline previous years. Her husband received care at TMC and win or lose she wanted to enter, "Even if I didn't win, TMC has been good to us."
This year's jackpot winner is Barbara Gomez of Mesa, Ariz. Gomez enters the raffle annually, as a way to give back. She is a cancer survivor that received treatment at TMC 40 years ago. Gomez will split the 50/50 jackpot totaling $693,600 with TMC and plans to do something for her grandchildren with her winnings.
"Year after year we see increasing excitement for this annual event and this year's early sell-out says it all, explains Kathy Rice, director of the TMC Mega Raffle. "The success can be directly attributed to the community and its rallying support for the Mega Raffle and TMC."
The proceeds from the TMC Mega Raffle support patient programs and services that directly impact patient care. The raffle has previouslygenerated more than $4.1 million for TMC, which has helped fund programs and services impacting patients from birth to end of life.
To learn more about the winners and the services funded, visit TMCmegaRaffle.org
About Tucson Medical Center Mega Raffle
Tucson Medical Center Mega Raffle is the first ever large-scale raffle focused in Southern Arizona. Net proceeds from the raffle benefit Tucson Medical Center and its commitment to providing the highest standard of patient care to Southern Arizonans. Spring 2018 raffle participants have a one in 20 chance of winning one of the more than 2,400 featured prizes. To learn more about the TMC Mega Raffle or to purchase tickets, visit www.TMCmegaRaffle.org.
About Tucson Medical Center
Tucson Medical Center's mission is to deliver personalized, quality healthcare to patients and their families in an environment that is supportive, education-focused and compassionate. TMC is licensed for 629 adult, pediatric and behavioral health beds. The hospital serves more than 30,000 inpatients and 122,000 outpatients yearly and has several emphasis areas, including maternal and child health, cardiac care, hospice care, neuroscience, orthopedics, diagnostic services, behavioral health and senior services. TMC also created the region's first emergency department dedicated specifically for kids. For more information visit www.tmcaz.com.