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Bigs and Littles: Traveloto pays off bigtime for North River couple

Connie and Steve Dennis at a Golden Knights NHL game. The couple won a trip to Las Vegas thanks to Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Traveloto.
Connie and Steve Dennis at a Golden Knights NHL game. The couple won a trip to Las Vegas thanks to Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Traveloto. - Contributed

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester loves to hear about trips Traveloto winners take.

Last year, Steve Dennis and his wife Connie, of North River, were shocked when they received the call from our office.

“We couldn’t believe it!” said Dennis. We’ve been playing the fundraiser for years. We were excited to say the least.”

Steve and Connie always made sure to buy their tickets early so they wouldn’t miss out on the early bird draws. They also purchase the tickets as Christmas presents for many family and friends.

“One in 3,000 odds is pretty good for a lottery,” laughed Steve. “Why not buy a ticket as a gift and give someone a shot at winning a trip, and at the same time support a great cause here in the community.”

Steve and Connie’s ongoing support of Big Brothers Big Sisters paid off when they won the trip to Las Vegas last year. The couple typically plans a vacation every year, so they knew right away they would take the trip rather than the cash option.

When a Traveloto winner decides to take the trip option, we connect them with Sell Off Vacations, who is a primary partner in our Traveloto fundraiser.

“The whole process couldn’t have been any easier,” said Steve.

He was happy to share photos from the trip and was quick to point out the NHL game they took in.

The Las Vegas Golden Knights were in their first season as a new team, and they were having a stand-out season. Steve and Connie were able to experience an NHL game, with a pre-game show that was only fit for Vegas.

“It was definitely the highlight of our trip. Although the helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon wasn’t a sight for sore eyes either,” laughed Steve.

The couple was in Vegas for four nights and five days. They took in all the typical sights and sounds Vegas has to offer with some highlights being a trip to both Jimmie Buffet’s Margaritaville and Mark Wahlberg’s restaurant, Wahlburgers.

Steve’s only complaint about his trip to Vegas was the unexpected cool temperatures. And he has some advice to offer this year’s winner of the Vegas trip.

“If you’re traveling in February, pack some pants.”

Speaking of colder temperatures, the snow is falling, and many of us are starting to put together our Christmas shopping lists. Why not add a Traveloto ticket? A $25 ticket will enter the ticket holder into 12 monthly draws (or a cash option). One ticket is good for all 12 draws. If the ticket is purchased before Dec. 12, it will be entered in three early bird draws for $1,000 each.

There are two tag options. The first tag is for a one-week all-inclusive trip for two to Cuba or the Dominican Republic or $2,000 cash. The second tag is for return airfare for two anywhere WestJet flies plus $1,000 cash. If the ticket has both tags, for an added cost of $10, it will be entered into another bonus draw for $1,000.

Come see us at our office for tickets, at 26 Logan St. Tickets can also be purchased from all Macquarries Pharmasave locations and the lotto booth at Truro Mall.

All money raised from Traveloto goes directly back into programs for children and youth in this community.

Learn more about our programs and the impact our agency has on the community by visiting or stopping by our Facebook or Instagram Page: @bbbscolchester

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