There weren’t many goals scored Tuesday as the Vancouver Canucks hosted the Los Angeles Kings, but there were plenty of dollars raised for a good cause.
The team announced midway through the game, which the Kings won in overtime, that the Canucks For Kids 50/50 jackpot raised north of $1.4 million and in doing so broke a North American record.
Tonight's winning 50/50 ticket number is AM-2045523. The INCREDIBLE jackpot is $1,413,630 with a take-home prize of $706,815!! THANK YOU to everyone who bought tix!
— Canucks For Kids (@Canucksforkids) November 28, 2018
So, the winning fan is now more than $700,000 richer with the rest of the money going towards the Canucks For Kids fund, which supports various children’s charities across B.C.
One reason this particular 50/50 raffle was able to generate such a huge sum of money was that fans from the province aged 19 or older have been able to purchase tickets online since Nov. 20. Another reason was that Ascend Fundraising Solutions partnered with the Canucks and guaranteed a minimum prize of $500,000.
The previous record for largest 50/50 raffle at a Canadian sports event was the $1,014,555 raised at Rogers Arena back on April 5, which happened to be the final home game for Canucks legends Daniel and Henrik Sedin.