In its fifth year, the TMC Mega Raffle culminated in great excitement across Southern Arizona as the top three winners shared their joy and gratitude with TMC.
Celia Mayo broke into tears of joy when she learned she was this year’s grand prize winner of the A.F. Sterling Home or $600,000 cash option. She’s been entering the TMC Mega Raffle for the past three years. Her husband had two back surgeries at TMC in the past year, and they are pleased Mega Raffle proceeds go to support TMC hospital programs. The young couple is now very excited to plan for their future.
Deborah Dohn and her husband, Richard, had heard about the TMC Mega Raffle but this was the first time they actually entered, and they are glad they did. Debbie thought, “Whether we win or not, it is for the good cause.” The couple is this year’s grand prize No. 2 winners of a Lincoln Continental or the $150,000 cash option. “We knew that the Mega Raffle benefited TMC, and participating was something that helps our community as a whole,” Debbie said.
This year’s 50/50 jackpot winners, Steve and Linda Heathman, are retired teachers who grew up in Tucson and dated in high school. “My wife suggested we enter saying it’s a good cause with good chances, and I’ve learned it is good to listen to your wife,” Steven said, adding that he was stunned and thrilled when he got the call learning the couple would split the $685,385 pot with TMC. The newlyweds said they can now consider buying their dream home as they build their next stage of life together. “This is really life-changing for us!”
In all, more than 2,000 people will take home prizes from this year’s TMC Mega Raffle.
“We are humbled by the incredible support from our community,” said Michael Duran, TMC vice president and chief development officer. “Their participation goes a long way, helping TMC provide meaningful care for the real winners, TMC patients.”