Canucks coronavirus relief 50/50 jackpot nearly hit $500,000

Apr 15 2020, 11:27 am

Canucks fans sure love the 50/50.

Fans provided further proof of that, as Saturday’s 50/50 jackpot was one of the largest of the season.

The jackpot nearly hit half a million dollars, with 50% of the $497,695 pot benefitting COVID-19 relief efforts. The winning ticket was purchased by Melissa Pierre of Burns Lake, BC, whose family just so happens to have a heartwarming story.

The online raffle opened on April 4, the date of what was supposed to be the Canucks’ last game of the 2019-20 regular season. It was boosted by $40,000 from unclaimed prizes during the preseason, and was easily the largest 50/50 this season that didn’t have the benefit of an artificial “super jackpot.”

The funds raised will be split between Food Banks BC ($150,000), KidSafe ($25,000), the Canadian Mental Health Association ($50,000), and Family Services of Greater Vancouver ($20,000).

Over $8.8 million was spent on 50/50 tickets this season, raising over $4 million for the Canucks for Kids Fund.