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January 50/50 draw winner plans to pay off her vehicle

Lisa Whitmell of Goulais River won the January Sault Area Hospital Foundation draw with the second ticket she bought
Provided photo shows Lisa Whitmell of Goulais River, winner of the Jan. 31 50/50 draw in support of the Sault Area Hospital Foundation.

On Jan. 31 at 11 a.m., Lisa Whitmell of Goulais River, ON won $27,795 in the Sault Area Hospital Foundation’s (SAHF) January electronic and online 50/50 draw. One of her numbers, C-5413529, was drawn electronically and her ticket was validated before noon.

“I saw the post on Facebook earlier in the month and bought a ticket. As the prize was growing near the end, it wasn’t $9,999 I was hoping to win, but nearly $20,000, so I bought another one. My second ticket ended up winning.” Lisa explains. “I just thought it was such a great idea. I was able to purchase online, get a chance at a really great cash prize and support my local hospital; I saw no reason not to support.” Throughout the first three draws, 60 per cent of all sales have come through online purchases.

When Lisa validated her ticket she was less than an hour into learning she was $27,795 richer. She was excited to head out to camp and spend the weekend thinking about what she was going to spend her winnings on. She indicated that she wanted to pay off her vehicle but for the remainder, she needed some time to dream.

“We would like to congratulate Lisa as well as thank our community for their tremendous support. Our Foundation started this draw with the goal to offer online sales to our community and raise funds needed to purchase medical equipment for our local hospital. We are so inspired not only by the sales but by the kindness and positivity our community has shown us throughout the process. Your support has been incredible.” says Teresa Martone, Executive Director, Sault Area Hospital Foundation. “In the first three draws we have given away more than $100,000 and we are excited to hold a 50/50 draw each month going forward. We know the community will continue to support but we hope purchasers will share information with their friends and family to help extend our reach, make for some larger prizes and help our hospital continue to deliver outstanding care to local patients.” SAHF 50/50 tickets are available for purchase across Ontario on

SAHF’s February 50/50 draw is on sale now! The prize is guaranteed at $9,999, but the past two months have seen the prize grow over $27,000 in time for each draw. The draw will take place on Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. Tickets will be available for purchase until Feb. 27 at 9 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased in-person every weekday at Sault Area Hospital (the SAH Main Lobby and Foundation office). Additional community sales locations are being prepared for all upcoming draws.

Visit to purchase your tickets securely online today. Visit regularly and follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on where tickets are being sold and to see how high the current prize is.

Proceeds from this and all SAHF run draws support the purchase of medical equipment essential to delivering services here in Sault Ste. Marie.

We would like to thank the community for their continued support and for making these exciting draws possible. Visit to keep up to date with these draws and for more details on other draws and fundraising activities visit

January Draw - Licence # 11446 | February Draw – Licence #11730