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Lively man wins $500K jackpot in HSN monthly 50/50 draw

Jason Schell of Lively was pleased and a bit shocked when he was called at work and informed he had won more than half a million dollars
HSN Foundations 50/50 jackpot winner Jason Schell, left, with family members accepting the winning cheque.

A Lively man is pleased with his $510,848 jackpot win for the Health Sciences North (HSN) 50/50 cash lottery.

The HSN Foundation, NEO Kids Foundation, the Northern Cancer Foundation, and HSN Volunteer Associations announced Oct. 2 that Jason Schell was the grand prize winner for the September draw jackpot of $510,848 (ticket A-4700047).

Schell said he learned of his win while at his workplace and it caught him off guard.

“I was in a meeting with my boss when the call came in, and I told him, ‘I think I just won the HSN 50/50’,” said Schell.

“I work in an open workspace, so I was trying to keep my voice down to not interrupt my coworkers. I’m just shocked. It feels like a dream. I have no idea where to even start with this kind of money, but maybe I’ll take my boys and my mom on a trip somewhere warm this winter," he said. 

Every ticket purchased helps pay for vital equipment for specialized surgeries and procedures, enhance care for our youngest patients, enhance patient treatment areas, support future capital renovation projects to help build a stronger healthcare system, and pay for impressive research to improve patient outcomes in the future, said the HSB Foundations news release.

Anthony Keating, President and Chief Development Officer of the Foundations at Health Sciences North said the continued support of the HSN 50/50 event is vital to the continuation of medical research and important procedures.

“The HSN 50/50 is proud to support important research happening at the Health Sciences North Research Institute. Supporting this incredible work means more patients across Northeastern Ontario are able to access ground-breaking treatments closer to home,” said Keating. 

“Over the past two years, $1.8 million of net 50/50 proceeds have supported research in a variety of crucial areas such as cancer care, mental health and cardiac care. Thank you to our many supporters all over the province that made this

contribution possible, and congratulations to our September jackpot winner, Jason!” Keating added.

The October HSN 50/50 draw is live at The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting cooler, but the HSN 50/50 is just starting to heat up, featuring a $15,000 draw on October 6th, and two $7,500 draws! Tickets purchased before 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 5th are eligible for every draw in October including the grand prize jackpot, said the news release.. 

Supporters are invited to buy their HSN 50/50 tickets early and enjoy the rest of the month without having to worry about buying tickets at the last minute, said the news release.


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