Hay River celebrates two major lottery winners in one month

Norma Harris, right, and her partner celebrate her big lottery win in late June.
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Another Hay River resident has claimed a six-figure prize from a lottery win.

Moose FM has learned that Norma Harris won $100,000 from a Crossword Multiplier scratchcard she bought at Rings Pharmacy in late May.

In early June, another local resident – Lynn Lepine – won $250,000 from a Lotto Max ticket she bought at the Rooster convenience store.

Read: Here’s The Yellowknife Man Who Won A $250,000 Lottery Prize

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Harris, who actually bought her ticket two days before Lepine, told Moose FM she bought it while she was picking up medication for a head cold.

“While I was there I picked up some 6/49 tickets and grabbed a couple scratch tickets and I guess I picked up a lucky one,” she said.

Harris claimed her prize roughly one month after buying the winning ticket. She told Moose FM she’s already put the money to good use.

“Most of it’s already gone,” she said with a laugh. “We paid off a lot of our debt, our house is paid for now as well as a few other bills.”

Harris and her partner also bought themselves a brand new golf cart.

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Read: NWT Jackpot Could Help Restore Sport North’s Funding

News of  another big winner in the territory will be welcomed by amateur sports organizations in the territory.

Earlier this summer, there was some concern that a prolonged “jackpot drought” would have a considerable impact on ticket sales and, consequently, funding for sports and recreation in the Northwest Territories.

Organizations like Sport North, the Aboriginal Sport Circle and NWT Recreation and Parks receive funding from a cut of lottery sales, distributed by the NWT Sport and Recreation Council.

Just last month, Sport North revealed it would have $400,000 in funding held back unless sales improved.

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