Anonymous Lambton Shores resident biggest 50/50 winner in MLB history

Toronto Blue Jays. Submitted Photo Nancy Morgan.

A Blue Jays fan from Lambton Shores is now a millionaire after cashing in on the largest 50/50 jackpot in Major League Baseball history.

Jays Care Foundation Executive Director Robert Witchel said the woman, who asked to remain anonymous, won $1,197,050 in the draw last month.

Witchel said all the proceeds from the draw support Canadian families through COVID-19.

“The family was thrilled to win,” said Witchel. “We learned quite a bit about them, they’re longtime Blue Jays fans that had known about the work of the foundation locally in southwestern Ontario. They decided to take a chance at the draw, and were happy to help out our work.”

Witchel said the foundation has actually committed to spend $7.5 million nationwide in 2020 to help with things like providing meals, building baseball infrastructure, and implementing virtual programming in underserved communities.

That’s more than previous years given the increased demand due to the pandemic.

Locally, they’ve teamed up with the Boys and Girls’ Club of Sarnia-Lambton for virtual programming, and have implemented the Challenger Baseball program for those with cognitive or physical disabilities.

The foundation kicked-off a 12 Days of 50/50 campaign earlier this month, which will conclude with the Mega Jackpot September 17 — the pot has already grown to over $170,000.

The campaign also includes daily prize giveaways, including autographed memorabilia and game-worn equipment.

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-With files from Colin Gowdy