On December 31st at 11 am, Wendy Booth of Sault Ste. Marie, ON, won the $294,977.50 jackpot in the Sault Area Hospital Foundation’s (SAHF) December electronic and online 50/50 draw. Her lucky number (N-1454397) was drawn electronically, and she was contacted immediately.
December’s SAHF 50/50 started with a guaranteed $200,000 prize which in the final week grew and came within $3,000 of a record prize. This massive prize helped Wendy ring in the New Year with resolutions to help her family enjoy time together by establishing a new place to gather.
“Although we were unable to spend these holidays together, we are looking forward to the future. We are planning to build a camp for our family to spend our vacations and weekends at and enjoy the outdoors,” said Wendy about her family’s initial plans. “We are planning for the future.”
Wendy started purchasing SAHF 50/50 tickets when her coworkers had told her about the easy and affordable way to support local care. “I have such a respect for healthcare workers and everything they are doing for our community during this pandemic. To be able to support and get a chance at a prize like this, even as someone that doesn’t usually purchase tickets, I wanted to be a part of it. I never thought I’d win!”
Wendy’s prize marks the fourth straight prize of over $200,000 for the monthly draw. Sault Area Hospital Foundation also keeps $297,977.50. From these proceeds, expenses to conduct and promote the draw are paid and the remainder is put towards purchasing medical equipment needed at Sault Area Hospital.
“We have completed our first full year running SAHF 50/50. We are seeing supporters consistently support month after month and we are able to award prizes above $200,000 for the past four months. As we plan for 2021, we know that we are going to continue to make changes to make the draws even more exciting, support local businesses with our early bird prizes, and look back to our supporters to choose where they’d like to see the funds go. We have the option to designate the funds to a large purchase at Sault Area Hospital or purchase many less expensive items. We are just putting together the options and will look for input from our supporters soon. It’s an exciting year for supporters of SAHF 50/50!” says Teresa Martone, Executive Director, Sault Area Hospital Foundation