Shown far left is the biggest BTC winner yet, Michelyn Hawco, with Joanne Ewasiuk of D&Jo’s Country Market, in Timberlea — just around the corner from where Michelyn works, and where she plays her toonies. Michelyn, who says she plays two BTC numbers and almost retired the winning number, plans to splurge by taking her husband and kids to Las Vegas to visit family. Although she says she “never wins anything,” maybe her luck will continue at the casinos!
Michelyn, left, with Joanne Ewasiuk of D&Jo’s Country Market, in Timberlea.
Liz Robertson, of Stillwater Lake, is all smiles as she acknowledges a commonly heard sentiment: “I can’t remember if, or where, I play each week,” she says, adding that she doesn’t always play at the same place . Still, no doubt she’s glad she did in fact play this week, as are her three daughters, who she’ll share her windfall with. “What a pleasure, to give to people,” says Liz. “And how exciting for me to get that call!” Liz says she will also put some of the money towards a three-week trip home to Aberdeen, in northeast Scotland, for her and her husband next month. “The money will be well spent,” she adds.
BTC volunteer Fred Dolbel with winner Liz Robertson at Redmond’s, where Liz played her winning toonie.
A Family Affair! Charlene Cheverie and three family members play as a team with four numbers every week. The person who wins gets 50% of the prize; the rest is divided between the three other members.
What will Charlene, who lives in Timberlea, do with her winnings?
“I’m giving my son a laptop, since he is going to university next year, and my daughter and son-in-law are getting money, as an anniversary gift,” she says, keeping the money in the family. “And I’m paying off debt with the rest.”
“I don’t really consider myself lucky, but I did win lobster one time!”
Charlene Cheverie is flanked by her dad and brother, Allan Cirtwell and Blair Cirtwell, at D & Jos Country Market where the winning toonie was played. Her aunt who is out west is the fourth member of the family team.
On May 16 Mark Dauphinee, of Boutiliers Point, got lucky with his Bay Treasure Chest number 1865, netting him the sum of $9,757. “I’m happy to win,” says Mark, noting that a little windfall always comes in handy. Of course, family members may be of the same opinion. “The Dauphinees have been in this area for a few generations now,” says Mark. “I have a lot of cousins and uncles… when I run into them, they’ll say, ‘Was that you who won?’”
No, not me… it’s all lies, he says he tells them.
Still, with some of his cash he and his wife hope to visit siblings out West late summer.
Susan Futter, who lives out West and won the princely sum of $42,091 with her number 9778 on May 9, plans to share some of her winnings with her sister in Stillwater Lake, who plays on Susan’s behalf. As well, Susan is planning to come home East this summer.
“One thing about the Bay Treasure Chest is that you see results in the community,” says Mark. “On the trails for example you see plaques, and there are new bridges.
“Bay Treasure Chest builds bridges in the community, he adds” And with the Maritime diaspora across the country, east to west, beyond.
Shown above: Mark Dauphinee with Shelley Glover at Redmond’s, where Mark played his winning toonie.
“Paying bills is the name of the game,” says Keith Janes of his winnings on April 11. Originally from Newfoundland, Keith worked out west for 25 years and has been back in Atlantic Canada for three years, now living in Glen Haven, trying to make a go of it. “This will go a long way,” he says. “I might even treat myself a little bit. It’s been a while.”
Shown left: Keith Janes with BTCA volunteer Fred Dolbel.
When the John Currie was asked recently if he sees himself as a lucky person, his response was: “No.” But when his wife played his number this week, as she does most weeks, she happened to mention to the store clerk present that she felt lucky. “That’s what they all say,” was the jovial response. Right. What will the Hammonds Plains couple do with their winnings of $9,427. “Pay the bills,” says John.
Shown left: BTCA volunteer Harry Ward hands cheque to John Currie.
Heather Cochrane, who, as you might guess from her number, has been playing Bay Treasure Chest from the beginning – and steadily, for four years – without giving a second thought about actually winning. It’s hard to hard to convey disbelief and happiness, says the Glen Haven resident. “Thank you. Such a great surprise… I plan to share some of the winnings, undertake a project that has been on the wish list and maybe use some for travel – will send postcards!” Right on.
Mary Graves, of Halifax, says she’ll share a little love with her granddaughter, who seems to have a magic touch. “She played my winning toonie for me this week at the Whale’s Back,” says Mary, noting that her daughter, who lives in East Dover, has been playing BTC for a few years, which is why she decided to play as well. Otherwise, Mary says she needs to consider carefully what to do with her winnings. “When you’re on a fixed income having a little cushion is a good thing,” she added.
Linda Boutilier had her windfall of $19,332 earmarked for a new car, given her old car recently broke down. If you see a lucky lady cruising around Upper Tantallon in a new set of wheels, it just might be Linda.
Linda Boutilier (far left) receives her cheque from Alana Ziegler, GPI Youth, part of the BTC’s Bay Youth Hub.
When Julie Bremner’s number was drawn on Feb 14th, BTC’s Fred Dolbel left a few messages on her voicemail, following up with an email. With 8pm approaching he then called Julie’s sister, Virginia – a former BTC volunteer – to see if she could help. Virginia offered to jump in her car to find her.
“I was scared when I saw Virginia at the door,” says Julie, who was having supper at her sweetie’s. “I wondered if something was wrong!”
Then Virginia revealed the good news. “We were jumping up and down, crying,” Julie says. She called Fred back around 8:15pm, at which time Julie’s name was announced as the winner.
Upon receiving her cheque for $39,587 the next morning, Julie recounted how, when she went to Redmond’s Hardware to play, she actually left without playing, going down the road a ways before realizing she still had her (winning) toonie with her. Lucky for her that she returned and deposited her toonie in the chest.
What will she do with her newfound funds? “People keep asking me that,” she says. “I’m on cloud nine and not thinking too clearly.” Still, Julie goes on to say, “I have four children… a priority was to give them some cash. They were shocked, saying, ‘Mom, you don’t need to do this.’
“Yes, I do,” she said, noting that, as a single parent, there were some tough times. We share the wealth, the good times, too, she added.
Julie Bremner (above left) holds her February 14 winner’s cheque for $39,587 with Virginia Tucker, her sister.
When Hubley resident Angela Sawler found out she won $8,732 she exclaimed, “OMG! I don’t believe it!”
The 50/50 aspect of the lottery has double meaning for her; she plays two numbers, with the promise of splitting the windfall with her mom if she wins.
Angela says her BTC win will help to replace shingles lost from her roof during the December wind storm… and her mom? She’s saving most of her winnings for a rainy day.
Angela Sawler (left) receives her cheque from BTC volunteer Elaine Brooks.
“Storm repairs wiped out the holiday fund,” says Elaine, of Black Point. “This money will go back into that fund.”
When Marlane Campbell’s phone rang on the evening of January 3, she said, “That’ll either be my friend, or it will be Bay Treasure Chest!” Her husband answered the phone, handed it to her and said, “It’s Bay Treasure Chest.”
Of course, I thought he was joking, Marlane says. “So I was a little shocked to learn it actually was Bay Treasure Chest. And to think I almost forgot to play that week,” she adds. “I played on my way to the gym the night before.”
Exercise and money… not a bad start to the new year!
The Hubley resident won $16,879 with her number 3467; funds will help her son with his Information Technology studies at NSCC, and help pay for the Eastern Caribbean cruise she’s going on in February.
Shown above: Marlane (left) receives her winner’s cheque from Alana Ziegler, GPI Youth.
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