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Oilers Increase Capacity to 50/50 Raffle Ahead of Game 4 Against Blackhawks

Article content Edmonton -- The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation has announced that its server provider has increased the capacity for its online 50/50 raffle that will take place on Friday's hockey game.

Article content Officials said Wednesday's draw "shattered an All-Time Record" and had to be closed early after having reached the maximum sales limit for tickets set by the server's service provider.

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"We are so grateful to our fans right now to take this step," Janet Riopel, chairman of the board of the foundation's community foundation, said Thursday.

Content of the article "We were excited about this online opportunity however, wow. We were excited to get hub city ... but wow this opportunity is amazing. We're so, so fortunate."

The Oilers Entertainment Group announced that the final jackpot for Game 3 in the series between the Blackhawks and Oilers was over $5.4 million with one lucky winner winning $2.7 million. by wow dad There is still to be a winner.

The raffle on Monday night's Game 2 of the series broke the previous record for the biggest sports raffle as the pot was more than $3.2 million.

Article content Toronto Raptors fans held the previous record when a 50/50 draw reached 2 million dollars during the 2019 NBA Finals. This was the year that the team won the championship.

Natalie Minckler, executive Director of the Oilers Foundation, said that it had no expectations for its 50/50. This was possible because Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis approved an online sale was held in July.

"We did not have the revenue projections because it was a new concept for us," she said. "We were not sure, so we were a little cautious. We certainly were not expecting to see the type of volumes that we are seeing."

Minckler said that staff has been working all hours of the day with their service provider, Ascend Fundraising Solutions, to increase the capacity in time for Friday's game.

Article content Officials said they added two-and-a-half times more capacity to the maximum allowed ticket sales.

"The expectation is - even though Oilers fans have proven they can defy all expectations - that the server will have the capacity to handle the demand," said Tim Shipton, senior vice-president of communications for the Oilers Entertainment Group.

Both Riopel and Minckler stated that the funds collected through the raffles will be used by the foundation to help groups that help vulnerable populations in downtown Edmonton and in youth sports across northern Alberta.
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Minckler also said that the foundation is overwhelmed by the support from Albertans.

"It's been amazing to witness the response and support from Oilers fans across the province for this initiative," she said.

This article by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 6, 2020