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(UPDATE: 12:15 p.m.) - The winner of the record-breaking 50/50 draw at the Vancouver Canucks game on Tuesday night has been revealed.
Gordon (Gordy) Schimpf of West Kelowna was the lucky winner of the $706,815 prize after buying a ticket for the draw online.
Schimpf was the benefactor of record-breaking jackpot for a sports team 50/50, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell.
"The Canucks for Kids Fund, in partnership with Ascend Fundraising Solutions, is excited to confirm that the 50/50 jackpot at last night's Canucks game vs the LA Kings reached a new record of $1.413,630-million," said a release from the Canucks organization.
"It is believed to be a new world record for the largest 50/50 raffle in history."
The other half of that $1.4-million jackpot will be going to the Canucks for Kids Fund.
(Original story: 10:05 a.m.) - One lucky B.C. resident and the Canucks for Kids Fund both have plenty of reasons to smile after last night’s Vancouver Canucks game.
The jackpot for the Canucks online 50/50 raffle for the team’s game against the Los Angeles Kings reached a ridiculous total of $1,413,630.
Tonight's winning 50/50 ticket number is AM-2045523. The INCREDIBLE jackpot is $1,413,630 with a take-home prize of $706,815!! THANK YOU to everyone who bought tix!— Canucks For Kids (@Canucksforkids) November 28, 2018
We didn’t win the game, and I didn’t win the record breaking 50/50 jackpot of $706,815. Hopefully we’ll see some magic happen on Saturday when I show up to sing the anthems! @canucks pic.twitter.com/Sd1GOYZ4DV— Marie Hui (@mariehui) November 28, 2018
Announced as a world record in the building, ESPN’s Darren Rovell confirmed that the jackpot is an all-time sports team record.
It beat the record previously set by the Canucks during last year’s final home game and Sedin send off, when the jackpot reached $1,014,555.
The lucky winner of $706,815 CAD hasn’t been revealed, but they’ll be taking home all that money tax-free.
The @Canucks just broke the all-time 50/50 raffle record. Helped by the fact that fans can now buy raffles from home, the total at tonight’s game is now up to C$1,042,625, according to 50/50 administrator @5050_Central. Winner will take home half and it is tax free in Canada.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 28, 2018
The other half of the jackpot will go to a very deserving charity in the Canucks for Kids Fund where it’ll surely be put to good use.
A combination of online ticket sales from around the province and a $500,000 donation from Ascend Fundraising Solutions helped the jackpot reach its record-breaking amount.