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Hanmer woman wins more than $888,000 in the Sudbury hospital 50/50 draw

Winnings will be spent on retirement, renovations, children and grandchildren

Supporting the local hospital foundation has paid off for Julie Larcher of Hanmer.  Larcher is the December winner of the Health Sciences North (HSN) Foundation, NEO Kids Foundation, Northern Cancer Foundation, and the HSN Volunteer Association 50/50 Cash Lottery for the North jackpot of $888,580.

Larcher, whose proper name is Juliette, said Friday she knew something was different when she took a phone call asking for Juliette Larcher.“When I got a call this morning for “Juliette”, I knew something was up. Almost everyone calls me Julie,” she said, 

“Not that I mind my full name being used for this kind of news! I’m just so shocked.”

Julie said she and her husband Jean-Marc didn’t have to take much time to decide what the winnings would be used for, especially as she is getting close to retirement. 

“So I will definitely be putting some winnings there," she said. 

"We had to pause a basement renovation for the winter that we won’t have to wait for now and of course we want to share with our kids and grandkids. This is just such a wonderful way to close out the year and start a new one. We can’t believe it.”

Anthony Keating, the President and Chief Development Officer of Foundations and Volunteer Groups at HSN, said he was more than pleased to make the phone call to Larcher.

“It was difficult not to get emotional when speaking with Julie this morning. As she started to catch on to the reason I was calling, I could hear the excitement and emotion starting to rise. We’re thrilled for Juliette and her family. What an incredible way to wrap up the year,” said Keating. He also offered his thanks to everyone who has supported the HSN draw in the past year. 

“I want to express my sincere gratitude to the thousands of people across Ontario who supported the HSN 50/50 in 2021. With your help, we will continue to support the priority needs of HSN and give away some incredible cash prizes in the new year," said Keating. 

Tickets are already on sale for the January HSN 50/50 draw which is online live at

HSN said there will be five draw winners in January which includes a $10,000 early bird prize, three $1,000 bonus cash prizes and the grand prize jackpot at the end of the month. 

The money that is raised through the draw will make a difference in the lives of those living with cancer, and for the tiniest patients who receive specialized pediatric care and ensuring equipment is in place when needed to provide quality patient care.