Ontario SPCA’s Charitable “Draws for Paws” Jackpot Exceeds Expectations

Written By Jose Colorado on October 10, 2022 - Last Updated on October 11, 2022

Punters looking for paw-sitive returns may want to check out Ontario’s latest lottery – Draws for Paws.

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is putting on its first-ever province-wide 50/50 draw.

The sweepstakes – with a grand prize currently exceeding $24,000 – aims to raise funds for animals in need. It also provides the opportunity for supporters to win some extra cash.

A Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals spokesperson told PlayCanada, via email that, all things considered, it’s been a win-win.

“The Draws for Paws 50/50 Lottery is a fun, new way for us to raise the necessary funds to provide urgently needed care and shelter for homeless animals at our 12 animal centres, and support animals in communities in Ontario through Ontario SPCA mobile spay/neuter programs, animal transfers, pet food distribution and humane education.”

Draws for Paws Grand Prize passes $30,000

Draws for Paws tickets are available for purchase at ontariospcalottery.ca. The SPCA will announce the Grand Prize winner on Nov.4.

Initially, SPCA committed to a minimum guaranteed jackpot of $6,500. However, the response quickly shattered those expectations.

“The jackpot has risen quickly since tickets were on sale on Sept.26, with the grand prize currently sitting at over $24,000. That number will continue to grow as more tickets are sold between now and the grand prize draw on Nov.4.”

Two Early Bird Draw Winners to cash in $500 apiece

Other opportunities await.

For starters, bettors can win $500 in two separate “Early Bird Draws.” The first one goes on Friday (October 7), and the second is on October 21.

Punters can purchase tickets in three different increments:

  • $10 for 10
  • $20 for 40
  • $40 for 200

Patrons must be 18 or older and located in Ontario at the time of purchase.

According to SPCA, there is a dual benefit in each transaction.

“By purchasing a ticket, you’re joining the excitement of possibly being our grand prize winner, plus you are providing urgently needed care and shelter for homeless animals.”

Draws for Paws to provide shelter, care and support for homeless animals

Ontario SPCA & HS position themselves as a leader in animal cruelty prevention and animal health.

Ontario’s SPCA has 12 animal centres scattered across the province. Markham, Sudbury and Barrie are its busier locations. The provincial office is in Stouffville.

Draws for Paws 50/50 Lottery proceeds provide care, shelter and support for animals in those 12 facilities.

Other noted priorities include:

  • Mobile spay/neuter programs
  • Animal transfers
  • Pet food distribution
  • Humane education

In 2022 SPCA says it had 2722 animals adopted, 5806 spayed/neutered and 357 active volunteers.

Photo by Dora Zett, Shutterstock / PlayCanada
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