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 2017, the group was expanded to include two additional groups; similarly in 2019 another partner was added, for a total of eight groups, comprised of 14 organizations. In March 2020, the Weekly Toonie Draw was temporarily suspended due to concerns about COVID-19 community spread. In June of that year, 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, with the first draw being August 12. It was then suspended again after the November 25th draw due to renewed COVID concerns. The Monthly Online 50-50 continues to operate.

December 23
50/50 December Online Draw Results
Winner’s Name: Sarah Somers
Community: Stillwater Lake





November 25
Toonie Draw Results
Winner’s Name: Allen Boutilier
Community: Head of St. Margaret’s Bay





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

*It will have the usual deadline of noon tomorrow.
*For safety reasons, given this count will involve a minimum number of volunteers, it will take place over the duration of a week, with the winner announced on December 2.
*There will be no rollover for this draw. A number will be drawn until there’s a winner.

Why we are temporarily ceasing the draw
*As an association of community-minded groups, implementing programs, projects and services to enrich and enhance our lives, and the lives of our neighbours, it’s imperative we safeguard individual health.
*The safety of our players and volunteers — as well as the safety of the staff and shoppers/members at the locations where you play, and indeed all community members — is our priority.

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!

Ken Donnelly
BTCA President

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.”

Thank you to our retailers for being keen to have the chests back in play! Click here for instructions on how and where to play.

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

BTCA board members on August 22, 2018, with Iain Rankin, from left: Ruth Ann Moger, Megan Harris, Lorna Zinck-Gordon, Heather Cochrane, Iain Rankin, Nick Horne, Harry Ward, Fred Dolbel, Beth McGee. (Not present: Gwen Colman, Shaun MacIntyre, Theresa Milligan, Rick Muzyk, Anne Patrick, Melan Sapp.) These individuals represent 12 non-profit organizations in the St. Margaret’s Bay area.

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 Bay Treasure Chest Association currently operates two 50/50 draws that give players an opportunity to win cash, while supporting local community service organizations. 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. Find out more about the partner organizations involved here.

The Bay Treasure Chest Fundraiser provides many benefits including:

  • The player wins 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 retail and other business supporters win with improved customer relations, and support of the local community and the environment.

Winners announced on our website, Facebook, Twitter,
and The Masthead News, as results become available.