Winner of world record Canucks 50/50 prize didn't attend the game

Nov 28 2018, 7:34 pm

The Vancouver Canucks 50/50 jackpot set a new world record on Tuesday, but the winning ticket didn’t come from Rogers Arena.

The jackpot totalled a whopping $1,413,630 million, made possible by partner Ascend FS, who guaranteed a minimum prize of $500,000 for the winner.

The winning ticket came from someone who didn’t even attend the game. A prize of $706,815 went to Gordon Schimpf from West Kelowna. Schimpf purchased his ticket online.

British Columbia residents have been able to participate in the in-arena 50/50 raffle this season by purchasing tickets online. Prior to then, online 50/50 sales would go towards a separate jackpot and winner.

Funds raised from 50/50 raffles support the Canucks for Kids Fund charity, which benefits the Canucks Autism Network, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, and the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

“Thank you to Ascend FS for their incredible support and to Canucks fans all over BC who helped make tonight’s record 50/50 raffle possible,” said Paolo Aquilini, president of the Canucks for Kids Fund in a statement.

“The Canucks have some of the best fans in the world and they certainly proved that last night,” said Daniel Lewis, CEO of Ascend FS. “Congratulations to the entire Canucks organization for setting the record and raising significant funds for three great charities.”

The jackpot broke the Canucks’ previous record of $1,014,555, set on April 5, 2018, during the Sedins’ final home game, and dwarfed the previous season-high of $242,125.

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