Faced with a city lot shortage, people in Whitehorse are gambling for land.
On Tuesday, 199 residents turned out for a city land lottery in hopes of snatching up one of 42 lots for sale.
The Takhini North lots ranged in price from $90,000 for single-family lots up to $176,000 for duplex lots.
It was the biggest lottery turnout the city has seen since it starting holding land lotteries a few years ago.
“We know there’s a pent-up demand for residential lots,” said planning manager Mike Gau.
But the lots were also popular because of their location, he said.
The proximity of the land to green space, schools and downtown, drove up demand.
The city and the territory plan to make more land available in the coming year to complement lots already sold in Takhini and Ingram, said Gau.