Bothwell couple $280K richer after winning firefighters 50/50 draw

Peter and Lynn Humphries were the grand prize winners of the Bothwell-Thamesville Firefighters Association 50/50 Draw and won a total of $280,505. (Photo via Bothwell Fire Facebook)

A couple from Bothwell is over $280,000 richer, thanks to the Bothwell-Thamesville Firefighters Association 50/50 draw.

Peter and Lynn Humphries were the grand prize winners and won a total of $280,505.

When Humphries’ phone rang Saturday evening, the last thing they were expecting was news of winning the draw.

“We had friends of ours walking in the door for dinner last night as the phone was ringing,” said Peter Humphries. “We kind of thought it was a scam or someone was trying to give us a hoax because we didn’t believe it was going to be us.”

The couple is looking forward to paying off some debt and becoming mortgage-free.  He said they also plan on sharing some of the winnings with their children.

“We are a little overwhelmed and in a bit of disbelief at the moment,” said Humphries. “We would like to say thank you to the town of Bothwell and Thamesville. We love being a part of the draw but we had no idea something like this would happen to us.”

Bothwell Station Chief Brian Carroll said the firefighter’s draw supports local hospitals and community organizations.

“We’ve been at this for 30 years probably. So, there’s everything from hospitals, to burn units, muscular dystrophy, the local minor hockey systems, the legions,” said Carroll.

The total amount raised was $561,010.

Carroll said because of COVID-19 the sales had to be online this year, but he’s very happy with the results, adding the jackpot has surpassed all of his expectations.

“It’s phenomenal but we had a lot of support from the people in Chatham-Kent and across Ontario,” said Carroll.