Congratulations to September’s grand prize winner of $62,122, Rebecca Dollery!

“This is truly transformative for me,” enthused Rebecca Dollery about her $62,122 grand prize win in the 50/50 Hospital Lottery for Guelph General Hospital. The 30-year old could barely refrain from misting up when discussing how she would use the money. “I have student debt that I can simply clear off now. This is such a relief.”

Rebecca also hopes to take her family to San Diego, California for a vacation. San Diego is her father’s favourite city and the trip will give him something to look forward to in between rounds of his cancer treatment. “The rest I want to tuck away to set myself up for the future, which has several more options now!”

For the first time, Rebecca purchased the largest block of tickets offered, $40 for 200 tickets. “Since last December I have always spent $20 but I knew this was a special month with extra draws and a larger grand prize. I decided at the last second just to go for it.” Needless to say, she is happy that she did! Her winning ticket number, O-1693888, was pulled at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 30th.

When she saw that she had missed a call from lottery manager, Sarah Ferguson, Rebecca’s first thought was that she had won an early bird draw. “I just never thought I would be that lucky, to win the jackpot.” She called Sarah back on her lunch break from her role as a Shipping Coordinator at Oregon Tool (formerly Blount). “I was in disbelief. I cried. It was a bit of a spectacle in the cafeteria.”

The first thing she did was call her mom, Lisa, and her dad, Mike, to spread the excitement and happiness. Her mom thought something was terribly wrong at first, hearing from her in the middle of the workday. Rebecca reports she had some difficulty focusing on work afterwards. No kidding!

When asked whether she would continue to play or stop when she was ahead, Rebecca responded, “Of course I will still play and at the $40 level always now. The best part of this for me is that it changes the lives of patients at the hospital too, while at the same time changing my life. I especially want to support the hospital during COVID-19.”

Thank you, Rebecca, for your ongoing support and congratulations on your win.

Don’t miss out on October’s 50/50 draw! The guaranteed prize is $9,999 plus two early birds for $500 on Friday, October 15th. Make sure to buy your tickets before 10:59 a.m. on October 15th to be included in both the early bird draw as well as the grand prize draw. That’s a lot of chances to win.

Buy your tickets today —->

The next lucky grand prize winner will be drawn on Monday, November 1st at 11:00 a.m.

Proceeds from the October 50/50 lottery will be used towards the purchase of a new MRI scanner for Guelph General Hospital. A new MRI will improve image quality. Doctors will be able to see smaller details with greater clarity, leading to an earlier and more accurate diagnosis. It will also be up to two times faster! A scan that now takes 30 minutes could be completed in 15 to 20 minutes. GGH will be able to complete more patient scans per hour of operation. And the new scanner is capable of producing images for a broader range of injuries and illnesses.

On behalf of the entire community, thank you for your support. When our hospital is able to purchase essential patient care equipment, we all win.

50/50 tickets can be purchased by anyone 18+ years old within the province of Ontario at Lottery License #1202393