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‘A huge blessing’: 8 hospital staff in Lloydminster share $241K World Junior 50/50 jackpot

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WATCH ABOVE: A group of nurses from the Lloydminster Hospital won the $241,000 World Junior Hockey Championship's 50/50 jackpot this week. – Dec 30, 2020

Eight front-line health-care workers from a city that sits on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border say they are grateful after winning a substantial World Junior 50/50 jackpot.

In a video posted by Hockey Canada on Wednesday, two of the eight health-care workers spoke about what it was like to win the $241,850 prize.

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“This past year has been truly challenging working with COVID-19,” one of the Lloydminster Hospital health-care workers says in the video. “Winning the money is a huge blessing and a great way to end the year in 2020 strong.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has already changed the world junior hockey championship by forcing this year’s tournament to be played in a so-called “bubble” in Edmonton instead of to what would have been a Rogers Place packed with fans.

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Because of the health crisis, the World Junior 50/50 draw also saw a change, moving online for the first time in its history.

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The Lloydminster health-care workers won the Dec. 27 jackpot. A provincewide draw is held each game day in Alberta. Fans in Alberta are able to purchase 50/50 tickets online for $5 starting at 9 a.m. MT on each game day. Ticket sales will close at 10 p.m. on each game day.

While the health-care workers are sharing the Dec. 27 prize, Shari Mack is the one in the group with her name on the ticket. In the video, she says she works as a nurse in the maternity ward and that she and her colleagues found out they won while at work.

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Team Canada’s next game in the tournament will be played on Thursday. The Canadians will face Finland in a meeting of 3-0 teams in Pool A.

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