“I think I should check and then recheck about 50 times,” McGale said.
“It was just kind of like, ‘what? I can’t believe it’s real. ‘ “
TWO MILLION! 🤯
One lucky #Oilers fan turns a millionaire tonight and the game hasn’t even started yet! Ticket sales will run until 10:30 p.m. MT.
Ps. Congratulations to Saturday 50/50 winner Danielle McGale who took home the $ 381,275 prize!
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– @ Oil_Foundation
“It’s really crazy, honestly, it hasn’t even sunk yet,” McGale said.
“I never thought that in a million years we would win. ”
The McGales even tested their luck further, buying more tickets to Monday night’s record $ 3.2 million 50/50 jackpot in Game 2 of Edmonton’s qualifying round series. The unclaimed ticket for this raffle is worth over $ 1.6 million.
Alberta Gaming, Liquor Cannabis (AGLC) made this possible after recently allowing more fundraising flexibility with the online sale of 50/50 tickets to adults in Alberta.
“We’re very excited to play a role in this,” said Dave Berry, vice president of regulatory services for AGLC.
“For charities related to sporting events like this, I mean this is really their only opportunity to generate substantial income. ”
The response to the Oilers’ online 50/50 draws has been overwhelmingly positive, Oilers Entertainment Group spokesman Tim Shipton said, so much so that the massive response to Monday’s draw has bogged down IT servers at the foundation and steps are taken to ensure that anyone who logs on to obtain a ticket in the future will be able to do so.
“The system wasn’t perfect, we certainly got a lot of feedback from frustrated people who couldn’t access the system,” Shipton said.
The big winners in all of this, however, are the many charities in and around Edmonton who will receive a share of the huge pots that were raised this week.
“Everyone is feeling it, so these dollars will go to a very important place in our community,” Shipton said.
Next Oilers game is at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night, your chance to get a 50/50 raffle ticket starts at 9:00 a.m.