FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE: Final jackpot $531,700.
The news broke early Thursday afternoon, from the Timmins and District Hospital Foundation office, in regards to the monthly 50-50 draw.
“We just hit the $500,000 mark,” trumpeted donor relations manager Barb McCormick, noting that there were still eleven hours to go before sales closed.
The draw is at 11:00am Friday, followed by foundation staff gathered around a phone to call the holder of the winning number.
McCormick says there’s usually a pause, because that winner isn’t sure it’s real or a prank.
“And they absolutely ask us to repeat who we are and where we are from, because again, they still can’t believe it.”
The record amount to this point is $583,000 last December.
McCormick says the foundation gives the winner the weekend to absorb the news and check social media for the numbers, for assurance they really did win.
“And then we just allow the winners to enjoy that time with friends and family and share the news with them before we release who the winner is.”
That information will come out on Tuesday.