GUELPH, ON (March 15, 2021) – The Guelph Humane Society (GHS) is excited to announce the launch of its first-ever online 50/50 lottery. Today through April 15th, 50/50 tickets can be purchased at for a chance at winning 50 percent of the jackpot – with a guaranteed minimum prize of $5,000.

“We’ve never done this type of lottery before,” says Adrienne McBride, Executive Director of GHS. “With COVID-19 restrictions in place for a full year now, our avenues for raising money have been limited. We can’t host in-person events. With the 50/50 lottery, everything is done virtually. Our community can take a chance on the 50/50 draw – while giving animals in our care a second chance at finding their Happy Tail.”

Additionally, all tickets purchased between March 15th through April 4th will be entered into the early bird draw on April 5th for a $500 cash prize, sponsored by Royal City Tree Care.

“Royal City Tree Care is a company that cares about our community,” says Karen Harris, an I.S.A. Certified Arborist who owns the business with her husband, Jonathan. “We are so excited to partner with the Guelph Humane Society. The work that they do is so very important to supporting vulnerable animals.”

The grand prize will be drawn on April 16th, and the winning ticket will take home 50 percent of the jackpot. The remaining proceeds will go towards GHS’s new facility at 190 Hanlon Creek Blvd.

“We are still short of our original $10 million fundraising goal for the new building,” adds McBride. “We are about $1.1 million short, and we are hoping that this 50/50 draw will help us to continue to close the gap. What people may not realize is that if we don’t raise the full $10 million, we may have to take on a mortgage, which could impact our ability to expand our programs and services in Guelph and Wellington County.”

Tickets for the 50/50 draw can be purchased at different price points: 10 tickets for $10, 40 tickets for $20 and 120 tickets for $40. Tickets can be purchased up until 11:59pm EDT on April 15th.

For a full list of contest rules, and to purchase tickets, visit (Lottery license number: RAF1201857)




About the Guelph Humane Society

The Guelph Humane Society advocates for all animals, and in particular those animals whose lives it can influence, through care, education, community support, protection, and leadership. Founded in 1893, the Guelph Humane Society provides care and shelter for approximately 3,000 homeless, stray, injured and abused animals each year in Guelph and Wellington County. GHS is a registered charitable, non-profit organization that does not receive government funding. Visit to discover more.


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