Winner claims $435K Edmonton Eskimos’ 50/50 jackpot

By kickoff time for the game between the Eskimos and the Ottawa Redblacks at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium, the Eskimos tweeted that the 50/50 jackpot had ballooned to a staggering $265,000. Karen Bartko/ Global News

It’s official, we have a winner; but some mystery remains surrounding who took home the Edmonton Eskimos’ enormous 50/50 jackpot from Friday night’s game.

The football club said someone came to claim the $435,919.50 prize on Saturday morning. However, the team isn’t revealing the winner’s identity until a cheque presentation on Tuesday.

The Eskimos broke a Canadian Football League record Friday night for the largest 50/50 jackpot in the league’s history. The previous record was also held by the Esks.

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People lined the concourse to get their hands on tickets, with the hope of taking home the jackpot. The other half of the prize goes to local football organizations.

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The pot grew to a massive amount after the 50/50 prize of $82,060 from the Eskimos’ season opener went unclaimed.

This is the second time in three years the 50/50 prize has carried over. The last time, in July 2014, the jackpot soared to a whopping $348,534. Connor Croken, 20, went home with the money.

Watch below: Meet the 20-year-old who won the Eskimos’ $340K 50/50 jackpot

There were 36,260 people at Commonwealth Stadium for Friday night’s game, the biggest crowd for a CFL game so far this season.

After falling 9-0, the Eskimos went on to beat the Ottawa Redblacks 23-21. The Eskimos are now in first place in the West Division with a 3-0 start to the season.

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