Nov 27th, 2013
Toronto, ON – When the dust settled at last Sunday’s Canadian Football League’s Grey Cup, the Saskatchewan Roughriders walked off the field victorious and one lucky fan walked away richer by over a quarter of a million dollars.
While records were broken on the field, a new benchmark record was established off the field as the 50/50 raffle reached an amazing $504,174. According to experts, the half a million dollar jackpot easily eclipsed the previous record for the largest 50/50 raffle at a single sporting event by over two hundred thousand dollars. This new record is a testament to the dedication of the many volunteers who made this possible for both the charities and for the lucky fan.
That lucky fan was Denny Charlebois from the Ottawa, ON area as he was the winner of the Grey Cup 50/50 raffle and took home half the pot - a stunning $252,087 in cash.
CBC News caught up with Denny Charlebois, (courtesy CBC News) who attended the Grey Cup as a guest of his eldest son, a Saskatoon resident.
“I love Saskatchewan!” said Mr. Charlebois, who then describes to a CBC News reporter how he discovered his big win, “I went on the Internet and checked it out and started going through it and then all hell broke loose.”
While the Roughriders and Denny Charlebois were celebrating, the biggest winners are the University of Regina and the charities and causes that the Roughriders support throughout Saskatchewan.
Pointstreak 5050 played a small part in this record breaking event by providing the electronic 50/50 raffle platform that replaces the traditional paper 50/50 ticket with a sophisticated system of handheld computers, thermal hip printers and real-time jackpots viewable on scoreboards and mobile phones. The technology – as the 101st Grey Cup experience supports – has been proven to substantially increase the size of raffle jackpots.
Kevin Lovitt, President of Pointstreak 5050, a subsidiary of Pointstreak Sports Technologies, had this to say about the game and the historic jackpot:
“Winning the Grey Cup Championship is a great accomplishment for the Roughriders. This is a tremendous day for the Roughriders and Regina Rams organizations. Similarly, the 5050 raffle reached unprecedented levels as fans across Canada followed the growing pot with excitement and anticipation. We at Pointstreak are very proud to have helped the Rams and Roughriders generate over half a million dollars and to be a part of a program that will directly help so many people and causes throughout Saskatchewan.”
ABOUT POINTSTREAK 5050
Pointstreak 5050 (Formerly 5050 Central), a subsidiary of Pointstreak Sports Technologies Inc., is an electronic raffle software system that drives consumer participation in raffle events while providing accountability to the raffle process. The Pointstreak 5050 system electronically captures every transaction while providing updated real-time raffle information to display devices located throughout the venue. Tickets are sold to fans through fixed touch-screen terminals and mobile devices, creating an effortless data collection system providing faster sales transaction, longer selling periods, accountability and substantial increases in average raffle proceeds. Pointstreak 5050 boasts some of sports' best brands as clients, with partners across the sports landscape including MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA, MLS as well as several NASCAR events, PGA tournaments and NCAA institutions.
For more information, visit www.pointstreak5050.com.
ABOUT POINTSTREAK SPORTS TECHNOLOGIES
Pointstreak Sports Technologies Inc.'s mission is to provide innovative technologies to enhance the experience of the global sports community.
Specialized for the needs of sports organizations such as leagues, teams, associations and governing bodies, Pointstreak's solutions streamline operations and improve the experience of sports participants, fans and media. Pointstreak has three broad divisions: League & Team Management Solutions (brands: Pointstreak Stats - real-time league statistics system; Pointstreak Registration - online registration system; Pointstreak Sites - website content management system; Pointstreak Stream - a live & on-demand sports video streaming service), Electronic Raffle System (brand: Pointstreak 5050) and Athlete Performance, Development & Promotion (brand: Pointstreak Performance).
More information about Pointstreak Sports Technologies Inc. can be found at www.pointstreak.com or through the dedicated product information website www.pointstreaksolutions.com.
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5050 Central is an electronic raffle system