Stories from Bay Treasure Chest Winners
Molly Whalen, of Upper Tantallon, gets her cheque from BTCA volunteer Harry Ward at Redmond’s, where Molly played her winning number.
Says Harry: “When I called Molly the first time someone picked up the phone, but all of a sudden the phone went dead and I assumed we got cut off. I called back and her son answered the phone; he thought I was one of those scammer phone callers, the reason for the hang up. Molly took the phone, and I gave her the good news. The first thing she said was that she was going to split the money with her sister in Cape Breton, who plays a 50/50 draw in her area. The deal was that if one won, they would split with the other.” #sisters #congrats
Wendy Brace (R), gets a thumb’s up from Ian Fawcett, owner of Lefty’s Restaurant & Lounge in Upper Tantallon, where Wendy played her winning BTC #20036.
Her telephone was quietly ringing in her locker while she was at work late yesterday afternoon. When it rang the third time she had just finished work, and answered it… to find out she had just won $12,581 in the Bay Treasure Chest draw.
“My cheeks are sore from smiling,” she says.
Wendy works in food service, and plays her four BTC numbers in locations she visits each week around St. Margaret’s Bay; Lefty’s was her lucky stop this time.
Keep on smilin’, Wendy!
All smiles for Cynthia Mantley, showing her cheque for $24,790 at D&Jo’s in Timberlea, where she played her winning number. “The money came at a great time, after the Christmas holidays,” says Cynthia. “I’m going to pay off some bills, treat myself to a trip, and put some money away for savings.” The Halifax resident is originally from Upper Hammonds Plains. “My brother told me about the Bay Treasure Chest, and how it’s a fundraiser for where we grew up, so I wanted to support it,” she says. “I have never won anything… I was floored when I found out!”
She got an email from BTCA director Rick Muzyk just as she was leaving work that day, saying she was a winner. “I didn’t open the email right away… I didn’t recognize the sender’s name; I wasn’t sure the email was legit,” she says. Still, curiosity got the best of her. She opened the email when she got home, and saw her BTC number referenced. The penny had dropped, if slowly.
A couple of weeks later, Cynthia says says she put a chunk of her winnings in retirement investments, working towards an early retirement. “It’s too early for me to have specific retirement plans,” she says. “I’ve got my mom living with me; I like to spend time with family, relaxing, travel. You do what you can, when you can; you work with what you have.”
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