The newest winner of the Sudbury 50/50 hospital draw thought he was being scammed when he got the phone call telling him he was the November jackpot winner.
“I was so sure it was a scam, I darn near hung up. It took 10 minutes of talking before I started to realize that I might have actually won!” said Bruce Lavallee of Alban, the man who gets to take home more than half a million dollars for supporting the Health Sciences North foundations draw.
Lavellee said he was pleased to support the many foundations associated with Health Sciences North (HSN).
“I have a lot of history with the hospital in Sudbury. Going back over 30 years, I had surgery to remove five brain tumours just before the Cancer Centre opened. Thinking back to that, it’s really something that I’m standing here now with a big cheque.”
The popular monthly draw supports the HSN Foundation, NEO Kids Foundation, the Northern Cancer Foundation, and the HSN Volunteer Association.
The surprise of being the jackpot winner was still on his mind when Lavallee was asked how he might spend the money.
“I’m just going to go home and talk to my advisor – this just doesn’t feel real.”
Anthony Keating, the President and Chief Development Officer of Foundations and Volunteer Group at HSN, got a kick out of hearing Lavalee's initial reaction to the big win.
“Bruce’s reaction to the phone call this morning was so incredible. It was great to hear his excitement and absolute disbelief,” said Keating.
Keating said he is just as excited for the month of December.
“December is going to be a big month with big cash prizes throughout and we know we will hear more of that excitement with December’s HSN 50/50 grand prize jackpot winner, too. The earlier you buy the more chances to win great cash prizes. This month is going to be something to talk about! This has the potential to be our biggest jackpot ever.”
Residents across Ontario over the age of 18 can purchase tickets for a chance to win. Tickets for the December draw are available to purchase right now, with sales ending at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, December 29 th , 2022. The jackpot-winning ticket will be drawn on Friday, December 30 th at 10:00 a.m. and posted online at www.hsn5050.ca. Lottery license #1246838.
With the HSN 50/50 Cash Lottery for the North, you win and we win, said Keating.