Lottery | 45th Powell Street Festival

Buy tickets and join us in celebrating the 45th Powell Street Festival at our highly anticipated annual lottery 2021! 

All proceeds go toward Powell Street Festival Society and help ensure our long-term sustainability and resilience. Thank you for your support! 

Draws will take place online on July 31st at 1:30 PM, and August 1st at 6:00 PM*. The draws will be live streamed on this website, so tune in to see the results! Attendance is not required and all winners will be contacted. 


About the Lottery 

The festival lottery is the lifeblood of Powell Street Festival. It was launched in the early 1980s and has continued every year until the uncertainties of COVID-19 forced us to cancel it in 2020. We are so pleased to resurrect it for the 45th Powell Street Festival!


For many years, the lottery was the main source of income to cover the festival production costs, however, it is the lottery’s intrinsic value that continues to fuel the festival. The lottery represents the symbiotic relationship of community stakeholders, as it


  • keeps us connected to our community partners who donate the prizes;
  • supports grassroots community groups who sell the tickets as a fundraiser for themselves; 
  • provides an inexpensive and easy way for festival goers to show their support. 

“As a young intern 30 years ago, I phoned community supporters such as Tad’s Sporting Goods and Iwata Travel to confirm their donations. I then met a variety of small business owners as I travelled about town to collect the prizes,” explains executive director Emiko Morita. “Since then, many factors such as the seismic changes in the travel industry and competing community lotteries—not to mention a global pandemic—have threatened to diminish the lottery program. However, to this day, our festival interns are on the telephone and tripping about town to collect prizes! We’ve been tenacious about keeping it going because it represents the strength of the Japanese Canadian community network, the very essence of Powell Street Festival.”


True to Powell Street Festival’s grassroots charm, while we’ve pivoted to largely online ticket sales, the lottery remains analog: we’ll have dedicated interns and volunteers handwriting and mailing your ticket stubs to each purchaser! Adapting to the pandemic context, this year’s 45th Powell Street Festival Lottery features staycation-themed prizes. Thank you to The Listel Hotel, Kiku Wellness, Hapa Izakaya and Mint Records for sponsoring a portion of the prizes.


Grand Prize! – Staycation at The Listel Hotel for Two – One-night stay and dinner at Forage restaurant, sponsored by The Listel Hotel 


2nd Prize – Wellness Package – 60-minute couple’s Japanese Zen aromatherapy massages package, sponsored by Kiku Wellness; $50 gift card, sponsored by Hapa Izakaya


3rd Prize – Massage Package – 60-minute couple’s Japanese Zen aromatherapy massages package, sponsored by Kiku Wellness


4th Prize – Entertainment Package – Red Cat Records Audio Technica AT-LP20 turntable & $50 gift card; $50 Lucky’s Books and Comics gift card; $50 Mint Records gift card; all sponsored by Mint Records


5th Prize – Kathy Shimizu Print – 40th Anniversary Reprint 2016 6″ x 4″ block print (water-based ink on rice paper) in a 8″ x 10″ frame


6th Prize – Ultimate Foodie Prize – $50 gift card, sponsored by Hapa Izakaya; $50 Fujiya gift card; five $10 Sunrise Market gift cards


7th Prize – Deluxe Foodie Prize – $50 gift card, sponsored by Hapa Izakaya; Gift card for 6” made-to-order cake donated by Cadeaux Bakery; five $10 Sunrise Market gift cards


8th Prize – Supreme Foodie Prize – $50 gift card, sponsored by Hapa Izakaya; $50 Fujiya gift card


9th & 10th Prizes – Dinner and a Movie Package – $50 gift card, sponsored by Hapa Izakaya; Two The Cinematheque movie ticket vouchers for in-person screenings


11th Prize – Dinner with Powell Street Festival Package – $50 gift card, sponsored by Hapa Izakaya; Powell Street Festival 2021 T-shirt & Tote Bag


12th Prize – Foodie Prize – $50 gift card, sponsored by Hapa Izakaya; 2 jars of organic loose leaf from Tea Lani; $25 visa card donated by Baker & Table


13th Prize – Dinner and a Magazine Prize – $50 gift card, sponsored by Hapa Izakaya; One-year subscription and membership to The Bulletin


14th Prize – Sweet and Savoury Prize – $50 gift card, sponsored by Hapa Izakaya; $25 visa card donated by Baker & Table


15th Prize – Anvil Press Book Prize #1 – Mysterious Dreams of the Dead by Terry Watada, Fontainebleau by Madeline Sonik, Hearts Amok by Kevin Spenst, all donated by Anvil Press


16th Prize – Anvil Press Book Prize #2 – The Three Pleasures by Terry Watada, Moss-Haired Girl by RH Slansky, Fool’s Gold by Jesse Donaldson, all donated by Anvil Press


17th Prize – Books and Magazines Prize – One-year subscription and membership to The Bulletin; One-year membership to Geist MagazineTraces of Words and Vancouver Eat, donated by Figure 1 Publishing


18th Prize – Magazines Prize – One-year subscription and membership to The Bulletin; One-year membership to Geist Magazine


19th Prize – Greystone Book Prize #1 – 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British ColumbiaBackpacking in Southwestern British ColumbiaBest Places to Bird in British ColumbiaCan You Hear the Trees Talking?, Destination Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia


20th Prize – Greystone Book Prize #2 – Geology of British Columbia, The Hidden Life of TreesIn Praise of PathsThe Sacred BalanceYou Are the Earth

Before purchasing tickets, please ensure that: 

✓ The purchase takes place within British Columbia. 

✓ You have an address within British Columbia. 

✓ You are 19 years of age and older.

These conditions must be met according to BC Licensed Charitable Gaming. 


After purchase, you will receive the lottery ticket numbers through email (within 2 working days), as well as the physical tickets by mail (within 1 week). Kindly safekeep these items until August 8th.

*Early-bird (July 31st) and final draws (August 1st) will be held at Vancouver Buddhist Temple at 220 Jackson Ave., Vancouver. 

The draws will be live streamed. Check out to watch online. Attendance is not required. Winners will be contacted.
BC Gaming Event License #128293 / Licensee: Powell Street Festival Society 

Winners consent to the release of their names by the licensee. Winners are responsible for the cost of prize delivery and/or pick-up.

Chances are 1 in 230 to win a prize. 

Know your limit, play within it.
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