THUNDER BAY — A Thunder Bay couple are now millionaires after winning the May Thunder Bay 50/50.
Phil and Rosanna Roussin were unveiled on Friday as the winners of the monthly grand prize, claiming a $1.1-million prize that is the fourth largest jackpot in the 50/50's history.
“We started buying tickets when we became aware of the Thunder Bay 50/50 right at the beginning, and my wife usually tells me to buy a ticket each month,” Phil Roussin said in a statement released by the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.
“I’m a custodian at Holy Cross and this morning everyone was talking about how they were going to spend the money, I told them don’t bother because I’m going to win.”
Proceeds from the draw went to support the care of newborn infants in labour and delivery, the foundation said on social media.
The 50/50 draw has given out more than $23 million in prizes to winners from across the province, while raising money to buy equipment for the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.
“We are so very grateful for people’s ongoing, strong support of the Thunder Bay 50/50,” said Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation president and CEO Glenn Craig, “and so are patients as it allows us to fund new and replacement pieces of equipment – big and small - that are essential to their care.”