Canucks 50/50 Raffle Reaches Record $1 Million, Meaning One Lucky Fan Took Home $500K TAX FREE (PIC)
Most Canucks will always remember Thursday night’s game against the Coyotes as the last ever home game for franchise legends Henrik and Daniel Sedin. However, there is one Canucks fan who will remember the game for something else entirely.
Why? Because that one fan left Rogers Areana a half-million dollars richer.
The 50/50 raffle at Rogers Arena on Thursday reached $1,014,555 CAD. That means one lucky fan took home $507,278 CAD tax free. That’s roughly $397,275 USD. And according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, it’s a new North American record.
$507,278: What a Vancouver Canucks fan is taking home tonight, tax free, thanks to the largest 50/50 raffle prize in North American sports history. (Prize is $397,275 in US Dollars) pic.twitter.com/d7H7kGIIKj
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 6, 2018
Normally, with an official attendance of 18,865, every fan would have had to spend $53.78 on 50/50 raffle tickets to get the pot to $1,014,555. However, as you may have suspected, that’s not what happened on Thursday.
Since it was the last home game of the season, the Canucks threw several hundred thousands worth of unclaimed winnings into Thursday night’s pot, pushing the total over $1 million for the first time ever.
The Canucks goosed the 50/50 with unclaimed funds, and it’s over $412,000 an hour and a half before faceoff.
— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) April 6, 2018
You can bet your butt this pot did not go unclaimed. With the game going to overtime, and the Sedin Twins playing their last game, you know not a single person left before the drawing.
Hat Tip – [theScore]