TMC mega-raffle to benefit patients

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TMC mega-raffle to benefit patients

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TUCSON, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – Time is running out for your chance to be entered into a one-of-a-kind mega raffle that is "mega" in every sense of the word.

It is essentially a big fundraiser to Tucson Medical Center, Southern Arizona's non-profit community hospital.

Hundreds of people from Yuma head to Tucson Medical Center for treatment each year. Just recently, a Yuma woman won a Movado watch, valued at almost $2,000, during the first drawing a few weeks ago.

But the money raised from this mega raffle helps pay for patient care programs. For more information, or to buy tickets, log onto www.tmcmegaraffle.org.

Tickets are $100 each.

More than 2,800 prizes valued at over $2,100,000 are up for grabs.

The grand prize? A brand new home.

But that's just the beginning.

"When I put the prize package together, I look for the type of things that make people say ‘Wow!'" said coordinator and spokeswoman Kathy Rice.

"A house wasn't just enough so we put the Mercedes with it," Rice said. "Well that wasn't just enough so we put $100,000 with it."

You have a 1-in-20 chance of scoring a prize. But really, no one is losing, if Tucson Medical Center is winning.

"I think people get the fact that even if they don't win, this is for healthcare because you frankly just don't know when you or someone you love it going to need the type of care that is happening everyday at the hospital."

All proceeds benefit patient care at TMC.

 "Because of new medicine and the way that it has evolved, there is such a collaborative effort among our doctors everywhere and if we can find a way to bring a tremendous amount of dollars back to TMC in the way of buying the latest equipment and research and all those things, they are actually going to help all of us no matter where you live."

So remember to purchase your ticket by midnight on May 1.

"I want to remind everybody: Don't wait.  Because when tickets are gone, they're gone.  And you don't want to be one of the ones that finds out that your neighbor won just because you waited too long to buy a ticket."

If you do buy your ticket by midnight, May 1, keep in mind you'll be entered into both the early bird drawing and the final mega raffle drawing.