April 21, 2021
Next week’s jackpot is estimated to be $10,00. Don’t miss it!
Play our Monthly Online 50/50 HERE.
The Bay Treasure Chest Weekly Toonie 50-50 lottery was established in early 2014 by five local non-for-profit service organizations as a fundraising partnership in the St. Margaret’s Bay, NS, area. In 2017, the group was expanded to include two additional groups; similarly in 2019 another partner was added, for a total of eight groups, comprising 14 organizations.
In March 2020, the Weekly Toonie Draw was temporarily suspended due to concerns about COVID-19 community spread. In June, Bay Treasure Chest Association announced a new Monthly Online 50/50 lottery that people could play from the safety of home. The Toonie Draw was resumed in August, then suspended again in November due to renewed COVID concerns.
As of February 24, 2021, the chests are back in the community, ready for play! The first draw was held March 3rd.
Our Toonie Draw Honorarium Program is also reinstated, as of March 17th. The impact that the pandemic has had on organizations varies greatly; we are hoping to help those who are still operating in some capacity at this time. To comply with public health requirements, we have revised the count process to reduce the number of people involved. The Bay Treasure Chest Association now offers a $250 honorarium to not-for-profit groups that offer a service to the community at large, and can provide two volunteers to assist with one weekly count. Read our guidelines here to see if you think your organization qualifies; then complete an application form and forward to email@example.com.
The BTC Monthly Online 50/50 continues to operate.
February 23, 2021
Once again, a small group of core volunteers are mustering to place the treasure chests back in the community tomorrow, February 24, with the first draw being held next Wednesday, March 3.
“We have been making plans in the background to relaunch the Toonie Draw, now that restrictions have been eased on the number of people able to gather,” says Bill Roberts, BTCA Director.
“It takes 20+ people to process the toonies and record the registered numbers played before the draw each week,” he adds.
As well, the basic protocols — such as masks and social distancing — will be in place to help keep volunteers safe.
Anne Patrick, another BTCA Director, checked with retailers to make sure they were comfortable getting the iconic chests back on site at this time. “They were glad to hear from us; glad the Toonie Draw is starting up again,” says Anne. “Most said that, every week, they had people asking when the chests are coming back.”
The BTCA’s Monthly Online Lottery will continue to operate.
“Some people prefer to play online and, in the event of another health-ordered shutdown, we want to be able to continue to raise funds to help support our communities during this challenging time,” says Bill. “Some of the programs and services offered by BTCA partners are needed now more than ever.”
Thank you to our retailers for being keen to have the chests back in play!
Click here for instructions on how to play.
November 24, 2020
Due to the recent spike in regional COVID-19 cases, the Bay Treasure Chest Association will voluntarily cease its Weekly Toonie Draws until further notice after the November 25 draw. We feel it is the right thing to do for the safety of our count volunteers, our players, our retailers and our community.
Details about the November 25 draw
Why we are temporarily ceasing the draw
We will continue to operate our Monthly Online 50/50, especially important given some of the BTC partners, such as Bay Rides, the SMB Food Bank, Bay Seniors and two Lions Clubs, help offset conditions exacerbated by the pandemic. Check it out from the comfort and convenience of your home. The deadline to play for the November draw is this Thursday, November 26, at midnight; the draw takes place the following Friday.
We appreciate your ongoing support and please stay well!
August 4, 2020
Some five months after the weekly Bay Treasure Chest Draw was suspended due to COVID-19 concerns, the Toonie Chests are going back in the community on August 5; the first draw is August 12.
“We have been making plans to re-launch the Toonie Draw with changes to our system that will meet the current Nova Scotia Health Authority safety protocols for minimizing the risk to volunteers taking part in the count,” says Bill Roberts, BTC operations committee co-chair. “The chests will be placed in retailers tomorrow, and the first draw will take place next Wednesday, August 12.”
The safety of our volunteers and our community is our priority,” says Roberts. “We’re resuming the draw because the situation appears to be under control, but if that changes, we’ll have to take appropriate action.”
As for the BTC’s Monthly Online Lottery, which launched on June 5, it will continue to operate. “Some people prefer to play online but in any case, in the event of a health-ordered shutdown, we want to be able to continue to raise funds to help our partner organizations support our communities during this challenging time,” says Roberts.
Joan Redmond, a toonie count volunteer, couldn’t be happier that the Toonie Draw is resuming. “I enjoy the camaraderie: everyone is there because they want to be involved. There’s a lot of good people in the background,” she says.
Redmond, a retired nurse, says she has no concerns about going back. “We’ll use hand sanitizer, gloves and masks. I don’t enjoy wearing a mask but… you’ll be with people again,” she says.
“When I’m invited back, I’ll be smiling behind the mask.”
June 5, 2020
The Bay Treasure Chest Weekly 50/50 Toonie Draws are currently suspended in view of ongoing COVID-19 concerns and cautions.
However, we have a new, online Bay Treasure Chest 50/50, offering players a chance to win a cash prize and, at the same time, providing funds for the programs and projects offered by the Bay Treasure Chest Partners. BTC Monthly Online 50/50 is totally online, so players can participate from the safety of their own homes. Check it out!
Bay Treasure Chest Monthly Online is a registered lottery with Service Nova Scotia, Alcohol and Gaming Division. License: AGD-305922-20.
BTCA ~ Making a difference in the community
On August 22, 2018, Iain Rankin, MLA Timberlea-Prospect, hosted a celebration at Halifax Exhibition Centre, on Prospect Road, for people in his constituency who make a difference.
“MLAs can read member statements and pass resolutions when the House is in session,” says former constituency assistant (and BTCA volunteer) Barb Allen. “So this recognition with individual names will be part of the official record of what is said in the House of Assembly.”
In other words, the little guy makes it into the big book of public transcripts, otherwise referred to as Hansard.
“What an amazing evening of recognizing community groups, organizations, athletes, advocates, businesses, and hundreds of individuals, of all ages and abilities from Timberlea-Prospect and surrounding communities,” noted Rankin.
Hear ye, hear ye! Congrats to all.
The BTCA community, or catchment area, is defined as Districts 12 and 13 of the Halifax Regional Municipality and District 2 of the Municipality of Chester, as per BTCA By-Law 3.1.
Both BTCA lotteries are licensed by the Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division of Service Nova Scotia.
BTC Weekly Toonie Draw: AGD-100770-20
BTC Monthly Online Draw: AGD-305922-20.
The Bay Treasure Chest lotteries provide many benefits, including:
*Players win some extra, tax-free cash while helping to support Bay Area volunteer service organizations;
*The communities and residents of our communities win with sustainable funding for scholarships, and many programs and services that benefit the people and environment; and,
*The Toonie Draw retailers and other business supporters win with improved customer relations, and support of the local community and the environment.