BUH Foundation Lottery's big winner planning family holiday

By Angela Brown
November 14, 2017 - 1:33pm Updated: November 14, 2017 - 2:46pm

"It was a big surprise; I even forgot all about it," Diana Griffiths said when she collected her $100,000 winnings in the Battlefords Union Hospital (BUH) Foundation Lottery today. 

The Battleford resident said she hopes to complete some renovations to her home with some of the money, and do some traveling.   

"There could be a trip or two in the wind this summer with family," she said. 

She she also plans to help a god daughter who needs some financial support.

Griffiths expects to put the balance of her winnings in the bank, and make a few donations as well, including one to the hospital foundation.

While she grew up in the Battlefords area, she moved to B.C. many years ago and only came back here in 2014.

Allan Craig from St. Walburg received a cheque for $52,222 in the Lottery 50/50 Enhancement draw.

"It was a big surprise," he said.

Craig said he hasn't really thought about what he will do with his winnings yet.  

Many of the $1,000 cash prize winners also picked up their cheques from the foundation Tuesday.

"It's a wonderful thing to be able to do this day," BUH Foundation executive director Claudette McGuire said. "People are pretty excited, and we're very grateful that they among many others supported us."

She added this is their major fundraiser which will help purchase the Centurion Vision System for the cataract program at the BUH. 

"As I indicated to them [the lottery recipients], not only are they winners, we think everybody is a winner when they buy the lottery ticket, because they support enhanced health-care here at our hospital," she said.


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