Vancouver, B.C. - Beginning tonight, a new 50/50 raffle will give fans at home a chance to win the same big 50/50 jackpots as fans at Rogers Arena. The new 50/50 program supports the Canucks for Kids Fund and is available for all home games. For further details, or to play from home, go to:Canucks.com/online5050.
The new 50/50 program is different than last year's raffles, which were separate programs and included separate in-game and online jackpots. This year's 50/50 is a single game for all to play, with one draw to take place during the third period of each game at Rogers Arena. The program will be operated through 50/50 Central, the industry leader in digital fundraising solutions.
"Canucks fans everywhere can now win same big 50/50 jackpots, but the real winner will be the kids and families around BC," said Paolo Aquilini, President of the Canucks for Kids Fund. "The Fund has raised over $59 million for children's charities over the past 33 years, thanks largely to fans buying 50/50 tickets. We are so very grateful and hope to raise more funds than ever before thanks to this innovation."
In-game 50/50 jackpots at Rogers Arena have historically been some of the biggest in sports, typically reaching anywhere from $65,000 to more than $100,000 per game. Last year a jackpot reached over $1 million on April 5th during the Sedin twins' final home game.
Fans watching Canucks home games on Sportsnet or listening to Sportsnet 650 will be updated with 50/50 jackpot amounts throughout the broadcasts.
Funds generated from the 50/50 program are split between the winner of the 50/50 draw and the Canucks for Kids Fund. The money collected will help support the Canucks for Kids Fund which raises money to support children's health and wellness, grassroots hockey development and education in B.C. Core beneficiaries of the Fund include: Canucks Autism Network, Canuck Place Children's Hospice and the BC Children's Hospital Foundation.
How to Buy:
Buying a ticket is a simple process similar to most online purchases. Tickets are sold online from the same time doors open at Rogers Arena until the end of the 2nd intermission.
Online ticket buyers will receive a receipt in their email a few minutes after purchasing. It will list all numbers associated with the purchased tickets.
Fans can go to Canucks.com/online5050 and select from one of four ticket pack options:
3 Tickets for $5
7 Tickets for $10
18 Tickets for $20
50 Tickets for $50
The winning ticket is drawn during the third period of the game with just over 10 minutes to play. The winning ticket will be announced during the final minutes of the game.
The prize is calculated as 50 per cent of the value of all tickets sales for the draw. Actual odds depend on the number of tickets sold.
About the 50/50 Raffle:
Players must be 19 years or older to purchase a 50:50 ticket. Online tickets are only available to fans in B.C.
The 50/50 raffle is operated through an electronic system operated by 50/50 Central that uses sophisticated hardware and software for the purchase of tickets and for generating, tracking, storing and reporting on numbers associated with purchased tickets.
Using the System, one winning ticket number is randomly generated from among the numbers associated with purchased tickets. The process is initiated by a senior Canucks for Kids Fund staff member and observed and overseen by a member of the board of directors of the Canucks for Kids Fund or by legal counsel to the Canucks for Kids Fund.
Winning numbers and amounts are also available on the Canucks website at Canucks.com/5050 or by calling the 50:50 hotline number at 604.899.7850.
About the Canucks for Kids Fund:
The Canucks for Kids Fund dedicates resources to assist charities that support children's health and wellness, foster the development of grassroots hockey, and facilitate and encourage education in BC.
Thanks to the generosity of fans, donors, players, employees and sponsor partners, the Canucks for Kids Fund (CFKF) has granted $59 million to charities in British Columbia over the last 33 years. The Canucks for Kids Fund's core beneficiaries, Canucks Autism Network (CAN), Canuck Place Children's Hospice and BC Children's Hospital Foundation are providing vital resources and life-saving care to families all across this province.
ABOUT 5050 CENTRAL LTD:
50/50 Central has been operating Canucks 50/50 raffles at Rogers Arena for the past five years.
5050 Central Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Gaming Nation Inc., is a digital raffle software system that drives consumer participation in raffle events while providing accountability to the raffle process.
The 5050 Central system digitally captures every transaction while providing updated real-time raffle information to display devices located throughout the venue. Tickets are sold to fans through tablet kiosks and mobile hand-held devices, creating an effortless data collection system providing faster sales transaction, longer selling periods, accountability and substantial increases in average raffle proceeds. 5050 Central boasts some of sports' most iconic brands as clients, with partners across the sports landscape including MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA, MLS, NLL, CFL & EFL as well as several NASCAR events, PGA tournaments and NCAA institutions.
For more information visit, www.5050central.com