Jillian Dube holding the cheque (centre) with her 50/50 partner, Mom Marlene Dube (right), and D&Jo’s staffer Don Jensen.
On February 14, Jillian Dube of Timberlea won $49,048 with her Bay Treasure Chest number 11286. Although it’s the biggest win to date in BTC’s nearly five-year history, Jillian is actually taking home only half that—or $24,524—in this 50-50 community lottery.
The other $24,524 is going to her mom, Marlene Dube.
“About two years ago as we were each playing our numbers I said, ‘You know, this is crazy,’” says Marlene. “Why don’t I play the two numbers this week and you play them the next, and if we win, we will share.”
Back then the top prize was about $10,000, says Marlene. “I thought, winning $5,000 would be a ‘wow’… The prizes have got so big so fast!”
For the winning week it was Marlene’s turn to play. “She couldn’t find any toonies so she went out to her car and found two,” says Jill, who was at work when she got the call.
“I actually thought Bay Treasure Chest was calling me about volunteering,” she says chuckling.
“One of my co-workers said to our boss, ‘Jill has to leave early… She has 49,000 reasons to leave early!’ But I stuck out my shift. Of course, I’m not going to quit my job or do anything rash like that.”
Marlene says they’re both going to spend the money on things around the house. “We’re going to treat ourselves to something fun. I moved to Timberlea in 1990, the year Jill was born, and she recently bought a duplex in Timberlea. So she’s close; we’re close.
“We play our numbers religiously, and always say, ‘Maybe this is our week to win.’ But we never thought this would happen! That was our Valentine’s Day, which was pretty special: lots of love. It was exciting.”
Coincidentally, Dad and Hubby, Ray Dube just registered a Bay Treasure Chest number the same week that Mom and Daughter won. “We’ll see,” says Marlene. “He’s not the type that will play every week. Still, we’ll take him out for a burger and beer with our winnings.”
Sharing the happy moment: Above, Roxanne Schnare, right, is shown with her husband, Wade, and Heather O’Riely, who works at Hubbards Pharmasave, where Roxanne’s toonie was played. Co-winner Devon Schnare had to work tonight when the photo was taken.
When Roxanne Schnare and her husband, Wade, of Chester, were driving by Hubbards Pharmasave on January 16, she says to him: “Did Devon play our toonie for today?”
Roxanne shares Bay Treasure Chest number 24791, with her 21-year-old son, Devon.
Little did she know that she would get her answer in a late afternoon phone call from Treasure Chest volunteer Fred Dolbel, telling her that she won $34,557!
“Devon works down at Louisiana Pacific and I work at Shoreham. When he brings my coffee over he’ll say, ‘Mom, I’m going down to play our toonies.’ That’s the way it usually happens, either on a Friday or a Sunday.
“He didn’t tell me this time, so when I went to an appointment that day I was like, did he or didn’t he play.”
Does Roxanne consider herself a lucky person? “I’m going to tell you something,” she says. “My son likes tattoos; I don’t know how many he already has.
“At Christmas I asked him, ‘What do you want, Devon.’
“‘Maybe a tattoo,’ he says.
“So I tell him, ‘You can get a tattoo but you have to get an elephant with its trunk facing up… that’ll bring us luck.’ And so that’s what he got.”
Ever since that, Roxanne says, they’ve been on a winning streak. “I go to bingo, and in December I was winning all the time–dribs and drabs of money, a 55-inch TV … and then in January we hit it big [with Bay Treasure Chest].
While Mom and son shared the winning number, after the win Devon also got his own number. “Mom, I’m getting my own number just in case I get the luck again,” he says. “I’ll give ya some if I win, but it will be my number.”
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