Last week we initially couldn’t reach Klara Darmos, of Ingramport, to tell her she won our weekly draw. But with a little help from some neighbours, one of whom was playing her number for her, we finally contacted her with the good news.
Of course she was thrilled… who wouldn’t want to win $8,578? Following are her comments.
“The win comes as wonderful news while I’m in Poland for my niece’s wedding,” she told us by email. “I will use the money to do improvements on my house or to help myself with a new vehicle purchase; both are very much needed. I love the idea of Treasure Chest and its support for the community. Have been playing very regularly. Thank you Bay Treasure Chest.”
Bernice Wilson receives her August 9 winner’s cheque
As Bernice Wilson was playing her toonie in the Bay Treasure Chest for the August 2 draw, she told her husband that she wanted to retire her number, 178.
“The low numbers never seem to win,” she said, thinking that a higher number would have a better chance of hitting pay dirt in the weekly 50-50 fundraiser draw.
“No, don’t do that,” he responded. “As soon as you retire your number, it will be drawn!”
Although not convinced, she kept the number regardless. “I thought, ‘The money goes to good causes,’” says Bernice, who lives in Stillwater Lake. “Whoever wins, I’ll be happy for them.”
She did not win that week. But on the regular Wednesday night draw on the following week, August 9, her number was randomly selected out of the barrel.
Established in 2014, Bay Treasure Chest now has registered numbers that surpass 20,000, and players have voiced concerns that the latter numbers are more likely to win. “Although first impressions might suggest that high BTC numbers are winning,” says Bay Treasure Chest Association president Fred Dolbel, “if you look at the past three or four months of drawn numbers, you can see they are spread over the current 20,000 range. The drum is well stirred before each draw.”
Mich Isshac (L) receives his July 12 winner’s cheque from BTC volunteer Heather Cochrane
Mich was ‘over the moon’ with excitement when he heard he had won $17,228 in the July 12 Treasure Chest draw.
Mich lives in Hubley and says “this money helps a lot”. He intends to use his winnings to pay down his student loans and to help his Mom.
Congratulations to Mich!
Burton Morash and his wife Donna enjoy their winner’s cheque for $8,376
Donna Morash has been playing her BTC toonies regularly since April 2014. Luckily she convinced Burton to take out his own number 3382 because Burton became the lucky June 7th winner. Burton’s good luck came at a good time to help pay off some major repair bills.
Daralynne Lewis (C) receives her May 31 winner’s cheque for $8,901 from BTC volunteers Rick Muzyk (L) and Anne Patrick (R)
Daralynne has been playing several BTC toonies regularly, but is pleased that her first number 992 provided her big win on May 31st.
Brittney Short (R) receives her May 24 winner’s cheque from BTC volunteer Harry Ward
Brittney is going to take a vacation with her husband and pay bills. Brittney thanks her mother for paying Brittney’s number for her.
Daphne Smith (L) receives her May 3 winner’s cheque for $17,301 from Fred Dolbel, BTC Volunteer
Daphne plays her several toonies regularly each week and is a big supporter of the Bay Treasure Chest because the Treasure Chest supports good works in the community. Daphne’s first and last words on receiving her cheque were “This is good timing” as she has a few things to look after.
Christina is just about to graduate from university and is so pleased to receive her Treasure Chest winnings at this time in her life.
Fred Dolbel (L) present the April 12 winner’s cheque to Diana Harrison
Diana exclaimed “I never win anything” on hearing her good news that she won $8,502 on the April 12 Treasure Chest draw. Diana says now she can pay off some bills and pay a visit to see her daughter.
Anne Patrick (L) and Richard Muzyk (R), Bay Treasure Chest Volunteers, present the April 5 winner’s cheque to Brenda Balser (C)
Brenda Balser (centre) won $8,513 on April 5 with the toonie she played at D&Jo’s Country Market. Brenda spends her summer on St. Margaret’s Bay camping in the Wayside Campground. She will be doing some shopping with her winnings.
Glenn Sinclair (L) accepting his winning cheque from Harry Ward (R), Bay Treasure Chest Volunteer
Glenn Sinclair has been a loyal player of the BTC while living in the St Margaret’s Bay Area. Glenn was given a blessed stone in memory of his stepdaughter, which he carries with him and attributes his win to this stone. Glenn said the win couldn’t have come at a better time as he is just in preparation to moving back to Newfoundland to be close to his elder parents and his daughter who is expecting in the next 10 days, which will be his first grandchild. Glenn would also like to thank the BTCA and the players for making the BTC such a great community venture.
Joan Cleaveley accepting the winner’s cheque for her mother Leola Yeo
Joan humourously said that her mother will use her winnings for… “new glasses, new teeth, and taking the cat to the vet”.
Billy (L) receiving cheque from Bay Treasure Chest Volunteer, Harry Ward (R)
Billy expects to pay down a few bills and contribute to his retirement fund with his winnings.
Carolin is our second two time winner and says she has no immediate plans for her winnings. She thanked the BTC team for their work and the good causes the BTC supports.
Susan Fraser (L) receiving winning cheque from Bay Treasure Chest Volunteer, Fred Dolbel
After 3-rollovers in a row, it was a big prize of $32,873 on February 1st for Susan Fraser of Hubley who played her winning number of 11799.
Little did Susan Fraser know when she left her afternoon shift at work Wednesday that she would have to make good on a little promise. When Treasure Chest volunteer Fred Dolbel met Susan to present her winning cheque of $32,823 Susan remarked that she had jokingly told her end-of-shift friends she would send them a pizza if she won the Feb. 1st Treasure Chest. Susan keeps her promises. She sent her friends at work a pizza Thursday morning and received her winnings Thursday afternoon. Susan said giving some of her winnings to her children and a little trip to Hawaii are in her future.
Edwina is going to spend some time with husband Paul and think about what to do – not rushing into a hasty decision. The couple play six Toonies a week at the Hubbards Pharmasave, and the staff were very happy to see Edwina win as she is a regular customer and has played every week for more than a year. The couple said they are delighted to support the community through BTC, especially the scholarship fund.
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