A few organizations have 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 has its Bright Nights 50/50 ticket sale until the end of 2021. The winner is to be announced on January 10th in 2022.
Although not a 50/50 draw this season, tickets for the PNE’s Winter Lottery are available until January 3rd in 2022 (and its 25 winners are drawn on January 6th).
Last year 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). 2022 details are to be confirmed.
See below for more details about each.
Vancouver 50/50 Draws in January of 2022
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 hold fundraising events most holiday seasons (with some continuing to do so until mid to late January of 2022). See below for information about the PNE’s Winter 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 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 offers another chance for people to win something fantastic. The PNE’s Winter Lottery is a calendar draw with 25 different cash prizes!
Last season the PNE held a 50/50 draw on January 21st, 2021. You had to buy your tickets though before 9:00 pm on Monday, January 18th.
This holiday season, the PNE is hosting a calendar draw instead of a 50/50, and tickets are available up until 9:00 pm on January 3rd, 2022.
Prizes this season range from $2,000 to $30,000, with a total pool of $150,000. The winners will be drawn on January 6th, 2022, but announced each day between January 7th and 31st.
To enter this lottery you have to be age 19 or older and a resident of BC. Tickets are available in bundles this season. Two tickets cost $30, five tickets cost $60 and eight tickets cost $90.
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 were running a 50/50 draw last winter. Funds raised supported the future of Jazz in the region.
Proceeds from the sale of tickets 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.
Last winter, you could buy one ticket for $10, three for $20 or seven for $50. The prize was 50% of the proceeds of the ticket sales. The deadline to purchase tickets was January 23rd, 2021, and the lucky ticket was drawn on January 26th.
To enter the draw you had to be a resident or British Columbia and at least 19 years of age.
Dates and details regarding the 2021/2022 winter season are to be confirmed.
To learn more about last season’s draw click Fort Langley Jazz 50/50.
Bright Nights 50/50 Draw in 2022
One of Vancouver’s largest, most impressive and famous Christmas attractions is Bright Nights at Stanley Park. Because of COVID-19, the event was cancelled for 2020. However, Bright Nights returns for the 2021/2022 season.
In normal years, admission to Bright Nights is usually 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.
Last winter, as of the final day to buy tickets (which was December 31st, 2020), the pot was over $525,000! The winning ticket got half!
This holiday season, the deadline for buying Bright Nights 50/50 tickets is midnight on December 31st in 2021. The draw itself takes place on the morning of January 10th, 2022. There are a maximum of 86,500 tickets available, and the total jackpot could reach $1,000,000! The more tickets that are sold, the more both the Burn Fund and the draw’s winner receive.
Tickets for the Bright Nights 50/50 draw cost $15 for one ticket, $40 for three, or $60 for six. So if you buy six it works out to just $10 a ticket.
To participate, you have to be at least 19 years of age and a resident of British Columbia.
Click Bright Nights 50/50 for more details or to buy your tickets now.
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, The Improv Centre 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