Have you got your Gold Rush ticket yet?

Monthly lottery supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ponoka

If you haven’t heard of the Gold Rush Monthly Lottery, in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Ponoka then it’s something you’ll want to get in on.

Not only do you have a chance to win at least $1,500 each month, it supports BBBS’s mentoring program.

The monthly winnings are 50 per cent of ticket sales or a guaranteed minimum payout of $1,500.

Most winners receive between $1,700 and $2,200 on the high end.

The goal is to have a payout of over $2,000 each month, which would mean selling at least 800 tickets. Even purchasing just one ticket gives you 1/800 odds at winning, and that isn’t bad at all.

“Even if you don’t win you’re still supporting a good cause,” said Cindy Reguly, administrative assistant.

“You’re giving to a cause that benefits our youth, the next generation.”

The lottery proceeds benefit local youth programs, such as the BBBS of Ponoka mentoring program.

Tickets sales could use a boost, as they usually dip a bit after the holiday season, says Reguly.

Gold Rush tickets will be sold at the Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce trade show this year, and were sold at Bowl for Kids Sake on March 6.

There will be more events for tickets sales announced soon, so stay tuned, says Reguly.

In May, BBBS of Ponoka will be celebrating the fifth anniversary of the start of the Gold Rush lottery. More details on the celebration will be released closer to the date.

There are 11 different businesses and locations that sell Gold Rush tickets, including the Ponoka Youth Centre, Ponoka News, ATB, Servus Credit Union and Sommer Home Hardware, to name a few.

Tickets are $5 each and a yearly subscription is also available for $60, which gives subscribers an automatic entry every month.

At the youth centre, tickets can be purchased by cash, credit, cheque, or e-transfer but not debit. Most of the other locations accept cash only for Gold Rush tickets.

You must be 18 years of age or older to purchase a Gold Rush ticket.

Ticket sales end at 12:00 p.m. on the last weekday of the month and the draw is made on the same day.

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