Vancouver Canucks 50/50 jackpot sets new world record

Nov 28 2018, 6:10 am

Tuesday night’s Vancouver Canucks 50/50 draw was the richest ever.

Announced in-building as breaking a world record, the total jackpot at Rogers Arena hit $1,413,630, meaning the winner took home $706,815 – more money than Canucks forward Brendan Leipsic will make this season.

Though Leipsic’s $650,000 salary is paid in US dollars, it’s also taxed. The 50/50 prize is tax-free.

The total is more than five times larger the previous season-high of $242,125.

A total jackpot of at least $1 million was guaranteed by sponsor Ascend FS. The pot was also juiced by online sales, which began last week and continued throughout the game.

Injured centres Brandon Sutter and Jay Beagle also helped raise funds by throwing green volunteer vests and selling tickets – selling to fans, media, and even the players themselves.

Half of the jackpot supports the Canucks for Kids Fund charity, benefitting the Canucks Autism Network, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, and the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, as usual.

The jackpot surpassed the previous Canucks record of $1,014,555, set at the Sedins’ final home game in April. A Vancouver realtor walked home with over half a million dollars that night.

This season, all fans living in British Columbia have been able to participate in the same raffle as people attending the game through online 50/50 ticket sales. Those sales appeared to go so well during the game that it overwhelmed their online system at times.

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