Celebrating Day One of the Langley Rotary 50/50 Mega Draw $200,000. Lottery campaign, Aldergrove Rotary Club member, Dr. Gord Carnes, purchases tickets from club colleague Angie McDougall. Carnes, and all other ticket holders, have a chance to win up to $100,000. Proceeds from the lottery will go to supporting community projects in Langley. (Pauline Buck/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Langley Rotary Clubs launch lottery worth $200,000

Grand prize winner will take half the prize while the other half will be used for community projects

The four Langley Rotary clubs are launching a $200,000 50/50 lottery on Sept. 8th, with the grand prize winner receiving up to $100,000.

Rotary Club of Langley, Central, Sunrise, and Aldergrove – plus the Rotaract Club – will split the other half to be used to continue supporting community needs and projects.

Langley Rotary chair Pauline Buck said they’re hoping regular supporters – and some new ones – will help them help others by buying tickets.

“No surprise, COVID-19 has prevented our regular fundraising gatherings but we don’t want to stop providing support to the local community,” Buck said. “Especially now when there’s so much more need than even before, so we’re trying this way.”

Longstanding and sizable charity events such as Aldergrove Rotary Club’s annual Lobsterfest, which had been slated for late-April, the third annul RibFest, which ahd been set for mid-August, and the Fraser Valley Wine Festival, which has resulted in more than $1 million for local charitable causes since its inception in 1989.

RibFest drew 35,000 people to McLeaod Park last summer and raised $150,000 – which was divided among the clubs to support projects including Starfish Backpack, which sent home groceries to dozens of elementary students on Fridays.

No physical rotary events have occurred during the past six month with meetings being held online on Zoom.

“The lottery is new to us,” Buck explained, noting that it was a way to raise funds without holding a gathering or physical event. “So many charities are doing a lottery because it’s the only fundraiser you can do.”

Tickets go on sale Sept. 8th until Nov. 30, with the final draw taking place on Dec. 3.

Tickets cost one for $20, three for $50, or eight for $100.

Buck said if the proceeds from the lottery can help cover some of the Rotary initiatives and is popular with residents, it may be a permanent fixture beyond 2020 and COVID-19.

“If we do well, I can’t see why we wouldn’t continue,” she said.

READ MORE: 30 years laters, Aldergrove Rotary club still going strong

Starting Sept. 8 people can visit www.langleyrotary50-50@rafflenexus.com for more details and to purchase their tickets.

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