july's winner : Harry Koskenoja
$45,645 | ticket #A-7382933
July’s ARCH 50/50 draw winner was Harry Koskenoja of Sault Ste. Marie, who took home $45,645 with the winning ticket number #A7382933 in the Hospice’s first ever monthly draw.
Harry was shocked after finding out he had won. "My wife Leila and I purchased tickets to both ARCH and SAHF 50/50 draws – but we didn't ever imagine winning!" Harry shared when picking up his winnings. Harry, like many, couldn’t recall a time he won any sort of draw or scratch ticket.
Harry plans on using part of his winnings for a big bucket list item: a trip to the United Kingdom. “We have had to cancel this trip several times. However, it has been a dream of ours to visit the parts of Great Britain, where my wife's father was born and raised.
“I’m thrilled that Harry has won and will get the chance to ‘live his list’ with his winnings,” remarked Lee Rendell, Manager of Fund Development at ARCH. “Hospice is all about making memories and moments count, as well as living right until the very end. The fact that each month someone new has the chance to win and live out their list is a truly incredible thing to be a part of. We can't wait to hear what's on the next winner's list, no matter how big or small!“
Harry has had a long career locally, working 20 years at each Algoma Steel and Sault Area Hospital. He was instrumental in the new Hospital build. Harry also volunteered his time and expertise for local health organizations: he was Chair of the Board of Directors at the Ontario Finnish Rest Home and volunteered to complete the 2018 building expansion at ARCH. “I think it’s important to give back to the community. It’s very rewarding helping others and local organizations, lending a hand, ideas, and time. Volunteering is one of the ways I can step up and give back.” Harry plans on continuing to give back, and will be donating some of his winnings to local charities that help others in the community. “Not everyone who wins a jackpot chooses to pay it forward – it’s inspiring and a testament to the kindness we see in our community,” recognized Lee.
Harry also shared that he plans to continue to participate in the ARCH 50/50. “I bought $100 in tickets for this first draw because I know that the Hospice needs it now more than ever. I plan to continue to contribute each month – not that I would expect to win again, but because I know it helps the Hospice to provide care in the community.”