50/50 jackpot could surpass $500,000 during Canada-Russia juniors game on Monday

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The biggest prize expected to come out of the World Junior Championship in Vancouver is no longer the hockey tournament’s trophy.

Rather, it’s the minimum $250,000 in cash someone is now slated to pocket during a big 50/50 raffle planned for Monday’s Canada-Russia game at Rogers Arena.

Ascend Fundraising Solutions, a sports gaming company that runs 50/50 sales for the Vancouver Canucks, guaranteed the quarter-million-dollar prize in the raffle, according to a news release from Canucks Sports and Entertainment.

The idea of a 50/50 draw is for the winner to take home half of all cash raised and for a chosen charity to take the other half. The funds raised from this 50/50 — minus operating costs — will go to the B.C. Amateur Hockey Association, said Chris Brumwell, with the Canucks for Kids Fund.

Raffle tickets can be bought at the game or online within B.C., starting at 4 p.m. on Dec. 31, according to the Canucks.

After Ascend guaranteed a $500,000 prize for a previous 50/50 that was held in November during a Vancouver Canucks-L.A. Kings game, a West Kelowna man won more than $700,000, according to the Canucks. The association has said it believes the total jackpot of more than $1.4 million set a new world record for the largest 50/50 in history.

Roughly $1.1 million of those 50/50 tickets were sold online, said Brumwell. The winner was one of five online 50/50 winners the Canucks have seen to date, he said.

mrobinson@postmedia.com

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Source:: Vancouver Sun – Sports

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