Hospital foundation withdraws lottery grand prize

by Ephraim Vecina19 Feb 2016
A Toronto residential property will no longer be up for grabs as a grand prize in a lottery, the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation announced in a news release.
The decision to replace the top prize for the spring 2016 edition of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Home Lottery was backed by the home’s builder as well as by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.
The estate—which is located at Markham, Ontario, just north of Toronto—sits right beside a home owned by a marijuana grower that holds a Health Canada licence to legally grow the herb.
“[The] growing of a large number of plants in the house has resulted in an intrusive odour in the neighbourhood,” the news release stated, as quoted by The Province.
A cash prize of approximately $1.3 million will replace the home as the grand prize.
Foundation officials cited their disappointment at the change, but stated that the decision is in keeping with the organization’s mission.
“We believe our decision is the most appropriate and responsible action,” foundation vice-president Christine Lasky said.



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