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A gift from god

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

The ROK-50/50 logo (supplied photo)

The ROK-50/50 logo (supplied photo)

When Jani Witoski woke up Monday morning she figured it was like any other day, until she received a phone call from someone with extremely good news that would leave her shaking for hours afterward as she’d been announced the winner of ROK-Central’s 50/50 draw for nearly $14,000.

“I’m really riding a high right now because this money is such a godsend,” says Witoski. “I was totally shocked and it’s totally exciting. My husband has been ill for the last month-and-a-half and we’ve got some expenses to take care of, and this money is truly a godsend. It’s much needed and I was worried about where this money was going to come from and now I don’t have to worry anymore.”

Witoski never thought when she bought her $5 ROK-Central (Recreation Opportunities for Kids) 50/50 ticket that she would end up with $13,962.50 coming her way. She says her husband is recovering well and was transported from Winnipeg to Portage last week. Her bank account took a beating from her constant trips to the city for visits and just when things seemed their bleakest, a gift arrived in the form of a cheque.

“I buy tickets to support because my granddaughter has been in the skate program with ROK and I never expect to win,” laughs Witoski. “I don’t win much. I never got to watch the announcement live, I was at work and busy so I thought if anything I’d see who won later.”

Witoski adds she’ll make sure to put enough away so when her hubby is up and running they can get away for a much-needed vacation.

Total Growing

ROK’s final total for the 50/50 draw was $27,925, which is up from the previous year.

“It’s up $1,350 from last year,” says Lynn Parker, ROK-Central executive director. “I’m happy it’s done because we’ve been seriously busy. I didn't even have to set my alarm this morning I was so excited to get out of bed today to hand over this cash today. “

The funds will be used for many of ROK’s programming offered in and around the city of Portage.

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