2021 WINNERS’ STORIES

Stories from Bay Treasure Chest Winners

 

February 26, 2020: Cheryl Harnish wins $25,444 with #23223

Our February 26th winner, Cheryl Harnish, gets her cheque from BTC volunteer Harry Ward at Hubbards Pharmasave. On the day she won, Cheryl and her husband, Jerry, were in the lobby of their holiday hotel in Holguin, Cuba, when three calls came in on her phone. “I didn’t want to answer,” says Cheryl, “given the expense of an international call.” She then got a text message saying it was in her interest to call back. “I first thought someone was trying to sell me something, but then I said to Jerry, ‘BTC, what’s BTC?’ Then it hit me, and I called back!”

Turns out she didn’t need to worry too much about an expensive phone call: she had just won $25,444 when her BTC # 23223 was drawn. “The tears were coming, but I was also smiling,” she recounts. “I’m not sure what the other people in the lobby thought!”

Cheryl says the money “is already spent” on a new house she and Jerry are building close to Aspotogan Ridge Golf Course. But the first cash outlay resulting from the win happened in Cuba.

The Harnishes were there with their four grandchildren, ages 9 to 14. “It was part of a Christmas gift for them,” says Cheryl. “When I found out I won I upgraded their room to a suite… That was a trip they won’t forget.” #memories

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