Mighty Millions Lottery helps advance kids' health care

Birkholz Homes builds $2.6 million home in Aspen Gardens, making the most of the mature community setting.

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You could say this lottery home is mighty different.

Most, if not all, Edmonton-area lottery homes are built in new or newer subdivisions. But that’s not the case for Mighty Millions’ newest lottery home — it’s an infill.

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Introducing its spring 2024 lottery edition, Mighty Millions — in support of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation — recently unveiled a 4,200-square-foot-plus home in the south side neighbourhood of Aspen Gardens.

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“We feel like it could be the first (infill lottery home),” said Penny Birkholz, of Birkholz Homes, which built the $2.6-million grand prize home. “We did some research and couldn’t find another one.”

Designed to blend into the existing tree-lined mature neighbourhood, this lottery home is done in a mid-century modern design with hints of Scandinavian influences inside.

With four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, this home also comes with an outdoor fireplace and flagstone patio, a wet bar and a gym — the latter two in the house’s fully finished basement level — and is primarily furnished with selections from retailer Crate and Barrel.

The interior is bright, full of light and angular. The bright comes from the primary paint selection, Benjamin Moore’s Simply White — a white with warmth to it — and expansive windows throughout bring in plenty of light. As for the angular aspect, straight lines and right angles are said to be essential to mid-century modern architecture and there is plenty of that in this version. However, curves in the furniture — there’s an oversized off-white curved sofa, curved glass and metal armoires, and even a curve to the home office desk — help to soften the sharpness the angles give off.

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Upstairs the three bedrooms are spacious, while the primary suite’s walnut wall encompasses a floor-to-ceiling armoire-like storage portion as well as room for a large-screen television. Two other bedrooms are also bright and comfy while yet another space is set up as an upstairs rec room with an unexpected highlight: an eye-catching wooden children’s kitchen playset that should make some parents envious of this makeshift chef’s unit with an oven and a sink.

Heading outdoors, this infill home provides you with a more mature landscape backdrop taking into account the neighbouring spaces. The flagstone patio is the original stone from the property’s earlier home incarnation while the custom corten steel fireplace is an on-trend item these days. Corten steel has a rust-like patina as it’s a special type of steel that forms a protective rust-like surface when exposed to the elements.

“We’re honoured to be part of the Mighty Millions lottery efforts and the work of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation,” said Birkholz, who also acted as the project’s interior design lead. “We appreciate their efforts to advance children’s health care in our community and beyond. We’re grateful that this world-class care for kids and their families is right here in our city.”

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Birkholz Homes has been involved with the Mighty Millions lottery for the past nine years.

Mighty Millions plans to use the proceeds from this edition of the lottery to help support a number of initiatives for the Stollery Children’s Hospital including the purchase of new equipment like the two GI ultrasound units that allow for non-invasive patient care right at the bed side. As well, funds raised go toward research.

“Seven per cent of children and teens suffer from migraines,” said Karen Faulkner, interim president and CEO of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. “There’s ground breaking medications in adult care and now the Stollery is doing clinical trials with children, and kids in Alberta are some of the first to get access to this.

“It’s critically important to buy a ticket (to the lottery) as the foundation elevates the level of care and it’s our supporters that make this happen,” said Faulkner.

To date, the Mighty Millions lottery has raised more than $23.7 million for programs, equipment and research for the Stollery.

The Stollery is the most specialized children’s hospital in western Canada, added Faulkner, noting that the hospital responds to as many as 324,425 patient visits each year. The Stollery also serves one of the largest geographical areas of any children’s hospital in the world providing care to patients from Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the three territories.

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Mighty Millions Lottery: Offering just over $3.2 million in prizes, in support of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Grand Prize Dream Home: At 12311 Aspen Dr. West in Aspen Gardens, just south of Whitemud Drive at the 122nd Street exit; part of a $2.6-million grand prize that also includes $100,000 cash.

Viewing Hours: Monday to Thursday, 3 to 8 p.m. Weekend and holidays, noon to 5 p.m. Closed Fridays.

Purchase Tickets: Main draw tickets start at $100. For 50/50 and 100 Days of Winning Cash Calendar tickets or info on deadlines and more, check mightymillionslottery.com or call 1-855-505-4800.

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