THUNDER BAY -- A Red Lake, Ont. woman got the surprise of her life on Friday, learning she'd won $648,562 in the latest Thunder Bay 50/50 draw.
It couldn't have come at a better time, said Betty-Anne Magel, who told Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation president and CEO Glenn Craig she's months from retirement after a few moments of stunned disbelief on Friday upon getting the call notifying her she'd won the third-largest jackpot in the lottery's six-month history.
“This couldn’t have come at a better time.” she said. “This is the start of a good retirement."
The July jackpot brings the total amount raised through the draw to more than $3.9 million. The money is used to buy new equipment for the the hospital and has been a resounding success during tough times due to COVID-19.
Magel took a few seconds to let Craig's words sink in.“Are you sure?” she asked repeatedly.
August's 50/50 is under way, with four-early bird draws scheduled and the jackpot scheduled to be drawn for on Aug. 27. Tickets are available at www.thunderbay5050.ca.