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Orlando Blonda wins $97,050!

On December 29th, 2023, Orlando Blonda of Sault Ste. Marie, ON won a $97,050 jackpot in the Sault Area Hospital Foundation (SAHF) December 50/50 draw. Orlando’s lucky number D-3576784 was drawn electronically, and he was called immediately. He was visiting family out of town, so it took some time to get a hold of him!  

Orlando couldn’t believe it – he called back twice to make sure it wasn’t a joke! He was overwhelmed and had to sit down when the news sunk in, “Everyone is going to be so happy!” he shared. When asked why he supports the 50/50 draws, he shared, “Sault Area Hospital has been very good to my family.”  

Orlando wasn’t the only winner this month – December’s Early Birds, Dale and Gail Hernden of Thessalon, ON, were the lucky winners of $10,000 on December 15th with ticket D-7904229.

“As we go into the New Year, reflecting on the positive impact of our 50/50 lottery has had over the last 4 years has been wonderful,” said Teresa Martone, Executive Director for Sault Area Hospital Foundation. “All proceeds from our 50/50 lotteries have helped fund vital medical equipment for our hospital to provide outstanding care to everyone in Algoma. Many thanks to our loyal supporters!”

Tickets for SAHF’s January 50/50 draw are on sale now! Get your tickets before January 17th for a chance to win the $10,000 early bird prize – plus every ticket has a chance at the growing jackpot.

Tickets are 10 for $10; 60 for $20; 200 for $40; or 750 for $75. In addition to online sales at, tickets can be purchased in person at the Sault Area Hospital Foundation Office (750 Great Northern Road) from 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Ticket buyers must be 18 years of age or older and in the province of Ontario to play.

For more information, visit or email

Lottery Licence #RAF1325519




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