Jill and Julie Colquhoun win home lottery draw

Greater than $400,000 can be turned over to native charities on account of ticket gross sales.

THUNDER BAY — A pair of Shuniah, Ont. ladies are the massive winners of this 12 months’s Fort William Rotary Home Lottery draw.

A ticket bearing the names of Jill and Julie Colquhoun was drawn on Friday night on the principle stage at Marina Park, as Canada Day festivities continued alongside town’s waterfront.

It is a win-win state of affairs, mentioned Fort William Rotary previous president Stephen Margarit.

“It is an ideal day for our membership and our members. It has been some time since we have been right here at Marina Park on Canada Day doing the official draw. So we’re completely satisfied to be again and it is nice to see the gang and all of the completely different folks which are right here,” Margarit mentioned.

“Numerous work goes into this yearly, procuring the home, ensuring it will get constructed, promoting the tickets and it is simply so thrilling to award a winner a home in the present day.”

The grand prize, four-bedroom house, situated on Dogwood Crescent, is value about $749,000, with greater than $50,000 in early hen prizes additionally given out. Because of promoting greater than 15,600 of the 20,000 tickets up for grabs, greater than $400,000 can be turned over to native charities, together with Thunder Bay Regional Well being Sciences Centre, Wilderness Discovery Centre and the George Jeffrey Kids’s Basis.

“We got here up a little bit bit brief, in comparison with what we did final 12 months, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a tremendous quantity. We’re going to have the ability to donate greater than $400,000 to native and district charities, so we’re fairly happy with what we’re capable of accomplish,” Margarit mentioned. “As Rotarians, the rationale we do that yearly, we won’t take part in the home lottery, so it is all about giving again to the charity.

“All year long we see the place the funds go and the affect they’ve on the neighborhood and folks in our neighborhood, so that is what retains us coming again 12 months after 12 months.”

Margarit mentioned the Fort William Rotary Membership is already engaged on subsequent 12 months’s draw. Tickets are anticipated to go on sale in late winter or early spring.