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Fair cancellation not stopping PNE home lottery going ahead

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated May 12, 2020 at 6:37 pm PDT

This year's PNE prize home lottery is still happening even without the fair (Courtesy PNE Prize Home Lottery)

This year's PNE prize home lottery will rely on virtual tours

The prize home is a $2-million, fully-furnished house in Pemberton

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Even though the Fair at the PNE isn’t happening this year, the home lottery is officially up and running as of Tuesday, with tickets now on sale.

Jeff Strickland, Vice President of Operations at the PNE, says he is concerned about not having a critical mass in August– which usually garners about 100,000 people looking at the prize home.

“It’s such a tradition. It’s one of the first things people see when they come to the fair when they plan their day here,” he says, but adds he’s happy the prize home lottery is still happening.

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The home lottery will still be a little different this year since ticket buyers can only tour the house virtually due to COVID-19.

If possible, Strickland says organizers will look at ways to show the home in-person later this summer.

The prize home is a $2-million, fully-furnished house in Pemberton, and tickets can be purchased online or over the phone.

This year marks the 86th time the PNE prize home lottery has happened.

-With files from Paul James