Edmonton Oilers online 50/50 sells out in 5 hours, record-setting $5.4M pot

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WATCH ABOVE: A record was set again before Game 3 of the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks series with $5.4 million worth of 50/50 tickets being sold. Vinesh Pratap shares the details. – Aug 5, 2020

50/50 fever has swept Alberta again on Wednesday as the Edmonton Oilers‘ online raffle hit a record-setting $5.4 million before the draw reached the maximum number of tickets and ended sales.

According to the online page, the pot hit the $2-million mark just before 11:30 a.m. That was nine hours before the puck was scheduled to drop for Game 3 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

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It only took another hour for the pot to climb to $3 million. In another 30 minutes, it had surpassed $4 million. By just after 2 p.m., the tally had reached over $5 million.

By 2:30 p.m., the tally sat at $5.4 million, and the Oilers Community Foundation announced that ticket sales had ended — just five hours after sales kicked off.

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“The passion and support for the 50/50 raffle has been exceptional and is yet another concrete example of Oilers fans’ commitment to their community,” the Oilers Entertainment Group said in a news release.

According to the OEG, the winner will take home $2,708,565.

“You should expect improvements in the very immediate future as we chase yet another 50/50 record,” the OEG said. “We will work diligently to address the maximum ticket issue in advance of Friday’s game to give Oilers fans every opportunity to support the raffle.”

Daniel Lewis — the CEO of company running the online sales, Ascend Fundraising Solutions – had said earlier in the day it had been expected the raffle would be sold out of tickets between $5 million and $6 million.

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Monday night’s raffle for Game 2 of the Oilers and Blackhawks series obliterated the record for the largest sports raffle as the pot surpassed $3.2 million. The previous record was held by Toronto Raptors fans when the 50/50 reached $2 million during the 2019 NBA Finals.

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The winner of Monday’s pot will take home $1.6 million. Funds raised in the 50/50 go to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.

“It’s overwhelming. I’m almost speechless,” executive director Natalie Minckler told Global News on Monday. “We’re thrilled, we’re surprised, we’re shocked, we’re humbled.”

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The EOCF supports registered charitable organizations in Alberta.

–With files from Allison Bench


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