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Sundre couple win nearly $15 Million!

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Sundre couple wins $14.9M on LOTTO 6/49

New multimillionaires living a waking dream

Kim Verkerk was having trouble sleeping one mid-June night, and checking her LOTTO 6/49 numbers was no help. The Sundre resident checked the June 15 ticket she shared with her husband, Michael, and discovered they had won $14,912,312.30!

“I was up late – probably one or two in the morning,” said Kim. “I saw the ticket on the kitchen table and thought, ‘Sure, I’ll see if the numbers are up yet.’”

“I tried to scan the ticket on the mobile app, but I kept getting the ‘Prize information not available at this time’ message,” she continued. “So I went to WCLC’s website and checked the numbers there.”

The new winner said she was not expecting what she saw next.

“I started going through the numbers and they were all matching,” she said. “It felt like I had fallen asleep and started dreaming – it felt so surreal.”

“I told Mike and he couldn’t believe it either,” she continued. “We waited a little while and then checked the mobile app again. It all started to feel real when we saw all of the numbers come up on the screen.”

As the initial surprise of winning begins to sink in, the Verkerks said they have started thinking about ideas for their multimillion-dollar windfall.

“We’re going to share with some family members, and plan a trip or two,” said Kim. “But the majority of the money will be put into the business we run together.”

The happy winners purchased their $22 LOTTO 6/49 ticket at Sundre IGA, located at 557 Main Avenue West in Sundre. Their winning numbers were 10, 19, 24, 30, 35 and 49.

The Verkerks shared the draw’s $29,801,647 jackpot with another Alberta ticket purchased in Edmonton.

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Lacombe’s “Chairs for Charity” exploding in popularity

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Thank you to NOWCO HOME HARDWARE IN LACOMBE for submitting this post

NOWCO HOME HARDWARE’S 2NDANNUAL CHAIRS FOR CHARITY

Nowco Home Hardware has organized Chairs for Charity for the 2ndyear and it will run from July 19-31. The project started last year as a collaboration of downtown businesses to decorate downtown during Lacombe Days and raise money for a local charity. In 2018, forty five downtown businesses each bought and painted a chair to raffle off. The chairs were left on display during the 4 days of Lacombe Days and over $3100 was raised for the lunch program at J.S. McCormick School.

This year Deanna Nowochin, who has spearheaded the event wanted things to be bigger and better, so all Lacombe businesses were invited to participate in the event. This year there will be 75 chairs on display around Lacombe from July 19-31. The event was extended this year to ensure there was ample time for people to hear about Chairs for Charity and purchase tickets. The charities benefitting from 2019’s project are Lacombe Minor Football and the breakfast program at Terrace Ridge School.

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This year we have 2000 tickets available, with a fundraising goal of $10,000. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each and can be purchased at any participating business. You can see a full list of participating businesses and photos of their chairs at www.chairsforcharitylacombe.comor by searching “Chairs for Charity Lacombe” on Facebook.

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Innisfail woman charged with stealing over $50 thousand from employer

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Red Deer RCMP charge woman for defrauding employer

An Innisfail woman is facing multiple charges following an investigation by the Red Deer RCMP. Police allege that the suspect stole more than $54,000 from her employer between September 2015 and 2017.

The Red Deer RCMP Financial Crime Unit recently completed an investigation, and uncovered the fraud. It is alleged that the women, while serving as the Executive Director of a local member association, misused the funds of the organization for personal use.

Pamela Bernard (38) of Innisfail has been charged with 11 Criminal Code charges, including:

  • Fraud exceeding $5,000 (x3)
  • Fraud under $5000 (x2)
  • Theft under $5000 (x2)
  • Theft over $5000 (x2)
  • Falsification of books/documents

Pamela Bernard’s first court appearance is scheduled for August 2, 2019 in Red Deer Provincial Court.

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