On March 31st at 11 am, Joanne Cain of Sault Ste. Marie, ON, won the $217,710 jackpot in the Sault Area Hospital Foundation’s (SAHF) March electronic and online 50/50 draw. Her lucky number (Q-3470505) was drawn electronically, and she was contacted immediately.
Joanne was at home working around the house when the call came through. She didn’t recognize the number, and just missed the first call. A few minutes later she checked her voicemail. “It was just after 11am and someone from the Foundation was calling me. I started to get emotional. It was the first thing that came to my mind: I won!” said Joanne during a follow up call. “I called back and that’s when it really hit me. I didn’t even know how much the prize was.”
Joanne plans to do what she intended when she retired last year: enjoy life. Still in shock, she didn’t talk about spoiling herself with her win – instead focusing on the people she was going to share it with, the renovations she wanted to do to her family cottage, and the hospital she wanted to support.
“This money is going help set me in the direction I had planned when I retired. It’s truly life changing. I never bought to win – I just know how much our hospital needs the money to care for everyone in this city, and I joined in,” explained Joanne. “I’m so thrilled to be part of this to help purchase equipment for Sault Area Hospital. Everyone at the hospital has been working so hard this past year to keep us safe. Thank you!”
Joanne also notified the Foundation that she would be making a donation back to SAHF.