Article content EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers' online 50/50 raffle set a record and had to close early because it exceeded the number of tickets that could be offered by the server provider.
Article content The Oilers Entertainment Group has announced Wednesday's jackpot estimate of $5.4 million. The lucky winner will take home $2.7 million.
Edmonton Oilers online 50/50 raffle sells out with record-setting $5.7M pot. Back to video
The remaining funds raised from the raffle will go to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.
The raffle on Monday night's article for Game 2 of the Blackhawks-Oilers series shamed the previous record for the biggest sports raffle, as the pot was more than $3.2 million.
Toronto Raptors fans held the previous record when the 50/50 draw reached 2 million dollars during the 2019 NBA Finals. This was the year that the team won the championship.
For Game 4, ticket sales are to open at 9 a.m. at MT on Friday. Oilers Entertainment Group says its online 50/50 service provider is working on addressing the issue of tickets that are too large prior to the game.
The company released an official statement stating that the enthusiasm and support shown for the 50/50 raffle was outstanding and was yet another sign of Oilers fans' commitment towards their community.
"You can expect improvements in the near future as we chase another 50/50 record."
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Aug. 5, 2020.