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Lions’ punt pool profitable

By December 12, 2022No Comments
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Nick Laley purchased a chance to roar like a Lion and it paid off.

The Lloydminster resident is somehow, somewhere celebrating his $400 grand prize winner in the Lions Club Grey Cup game pool.

Lions’ fundraising chair, Daryl Oster, doesn’t think Laley actually watched the game knowing he’s not a fan of the Argos.

What counts is he bought a square with the exact 24-23 winning score for the Toronto Argonauts over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League final played on Nov. 24 in Regina.

Laley isn’t the only cash winner, however; with Marlene Stiev, Max Wilson, and Brian Heitt each pocketing $200 during the game. 

“Everybody got a score east-west and if you had the winning score you won $200 for each quarter and $400 for the final score,” explained Oster.

The Grey Cup pool raised a total of $2,900 to surpass the expectations for the fundraiser.

“That was kind of our maximum. It was 100 per cent sold out. There’s tickets sold for scores from 0 to 39 for the participating team from the east and west,” said Oster.

Proceeds from ticket sales go towards three scholarships for an individual student at Holy Rosary High School, Lloydminster Comprehensive High School and Lakeland College.

“We just bumped up the scholarships from $500 to $750,” said Oster, who notes students are required to submit a scholarship application to be considered.

Oster also reports socks are still needed for the Lions’ third annual sock drive, with the club acting as a sock gatherer for people in need in the community.

“People can donate socks in project bins at the Legacy Centre, Northern Factory Workwear and Exhaust Masters right up to Dec. 20.

This year the socks go to the Native Friendship Centre and Interval Home.

“The Lloydminster Men’s Shelter didn’t need socks this year so they are off the list,” said Oster.

Looking ahead to 2023, the Lions will also host another golf tournament, among other fundraisers.