A few organizations had 50/50 fundraising events over the Christmas season. The PNE and the Fort Langley Jazz Festival‘s draws both continue into January.
The Vancouver Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund had its Bright Nights 50/50 draw. Its winner was K. Hirji from Burnaby. They won over a quarter of a million dollars!
Tickets for the PNE’s Winter 50/50 Lottery are available until January 18th (and its draw is on January 21st). You could also buy tickets for the Fort Langley Jazz Festival‘s 50/50 draw up until January 23rd in 2021 (with its draw on January 26th). Its jackpot was $3,610 and the winner was Malcolm Aiken who is a local Jazz musician.
See below for more details about each.
Vancouver 50/50 Draws in January of 2021
Christmas is usually a time for holiday attractions and spending time with friends and family. That was challenging this past year because of COVID-19. Christmas is also a time for giving though, and supporting causes we believe in. For those that can afford it, it’s a time for donating to charitable causes and supporting the arts.
A number of organizations held fundraising events this last holiday season (with some continuing to do so until mid to late January of 2021). See below for information about the PNE’s Winter 50/50 Lottery, the Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival’s 50/50 Draw and the Bright Nights 50/50 Draw. All three lotteries benefit worthwhile non-profit organizations and the work that they do.
PNE’s Winter 50/50 Lottery
In the summer the Pacific National Exhibition has its PNE Prize Home Lottery where you can win a dream home as well as various other wonderful prizes. This winter the organization has offered another chance for people to win something fantastic. The PNE’s Winter Lottery is a 50/50 draw where the lucky ticket holder gets half of the proceeds (which, as of January 8th, 2021, was over $200,000)!
To enter this lottery you have to be age 19 or older and a resident of BC. Tickets cost $20 for one ticket or $80 for five (which is the same as if you bought four and got the fifth one for free).
The more tickets that get sold, the more money you can potentially win. Assuming all tickets get sold, your chances of winning are approximately 1 in 57,500 (and the Jackpot will be close to $1 million)!
To buy tickets or to learn more, see the pnewinterlottery.ca website.
KNOW YOUR LIMIT!
With respect to lotteries and gambling, as they say, “Know your limit and play within it.” Also, if you or a person you know has a gambling problem, for help you can call 1-888-795-6111 or visit www.bcresponsiblegambling.ca.
Fort Langley Jazz 50/50 Draw
The Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival is a music festival that takes place in Fort Langley. It had to be an online event in 2020, because of COVID-19. As a result, revenues were way down! To support the organization and help it host future events, they too are running a 50/50 draw this winter. Funds raised support the future of Jazz in the region.
Proceeds from the sale of tickets will help fund the artists performing in the festival’s future free virtual and in-person concerts, as well as the organization’s Jazz Education Workshops for youth and emerging artists.
To buy tickets for this draw click Fort Langley Jazz 50/50. You can buy one for $10, three for $20 or seven for $50.
The prize is 50% of the proceeds of the ticket sales. The deadline to purchase tickets is January 23rd, 2021, and the lucky ticket will be drawn on January 26th.
To enter the draw you must be a resident or British Columbia and at least 19 years of age. The chances of winning, assuming all tickets are sold, is 1 in 11,000.
Bright Nights 50/50 Draw in 2020
One of Vancouver’s largest, most impressive and famous Christmas attractions is Bright Nights at Stanley Park. Because of COVID-19, however, the event was cancelled for 2020. That’s sad news for people who like Christmas lights, but also for the charitable organization that benefits from the event.
Bright Nights and the Burn Fund
In years when it does run, admission to Bright Nights is by donation with funds raised benefiting the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund. The Burn Fund is a project that supports survivors of burn injuries and their families, so it’s a most worthwhile cause. Because Bright Nights didn’t happen in 2020, the Burn Fund missed out on its largest fundraising activity of the year.
To make up for its lost revenue from the cancellation of the annual Christmas lights attraction, the Burn Fund launched what it called Bright Nights 50/50. It was a 50/50 draw which is a kind of lottery where the holder of the winning ticket gets 50% of the proceeds.
The 2020 50/50 Draw
As of the last day to buy tickets (which was December 31st, 2020), the pot was over $525,000! The winning ticket got half! The more tickets that got sold, the more both the Burn Fund and the draw’s winner received.
Tickets for the Bright Nights 50/50 draw cost $15 for one ticket, $40 for three, or $60 for six. So if you bought six it worked out to just $10 a ticket.
The deadline for buying Bright Nights 50/50 tickets was midnight on December 31st in 2020. The draw itself took place on the morning of Monday, January 4th, 2021. There were a maximum of 52,000 tickets for sale, which meant the odds of winning were 1 in 52,000 (assuming all tickets got sold).
To participate, you had to be at least 19 years of age and a resident of British Columbia.
The winner of the draw was K. Hirji from Burnaby.
In addition to the above, there are lots of other fundraising events happening all across the Lower Mainland. There are also hundreds of worthwhile charities, non-profits and arts groups that are desperate for support.
Look out for opportunities to support organizations in your community this year. And when you do your Christmas shopping, try as much as you can to buy local and support local businesses and organizations with your purchasing dollars.
In addition to the above, other arts organizations that are good to support include Bard on the Beach, Theatre Under the Stars, Vancouver TheatreSports and so many more. Without organizations like these, culture and entertainment in Vancouver would suffer tremendously.
There are so many worthwhile charities that are great to support too. Just a few of them include the following:
- The Boys & Girls Club
- United Way of the Lower Mainland
- Vancouver Foundation
- BC Fire Fighters Burn Fund
- The Harvest Project
- Salvation Army
- Union Gospel Mission
- Greater Vancouver Food Bank
- Doctors Without Borders
- The Rotary Foundation
- And the list goes on and on! Look out for other organizations that do great things in your community (like food banks and programs that help the less fortunate)!
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- BC Buy Local Week
- Vancouver Christmas Activities
- Vancouver’s December Calendar
- Free December Events in Vancouver
- Vancouver Shows & Entertainment