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The Province of Nova Scotia is partnering with Jays Care Foundation and the Province of Ontario to support local sports.

Nova Scotians will soon be eligible to win the main Jays Care jackpot, with proceeds from all raffle ticket purchases by Nova Scotians used to support initiatives in the province.

Jays Care is a Toronto-based registered charity that sells tickets to benefit children and youth sports. Starting this spring – and for the first-time outside Ontario – Jays Care 50/50 tickets at Blue Jays baseball games will be available for purchase in Nova Scotia.

Sales for the first 50/50 jackpot of the season are expected to open in late March, ahead of opening day on March 28

According to a release from the province, Nova Scotia worked with Ontario to offer the raffle as an interprovincial lottery. It is the first time Canadians outside of Ontario have been able to take part.

Robert Witchel, Executive Director of the Jays Care Foundation is excited about the partnership.

“Jays Care is thrilled to welcome fans across Nova Scotia to participate in Major League Baseball’s largest 50/50 and even more excited to extend our impact to more children and youth in communities across Nova Scotia,” said Witchel in a provincial government news release. “Jays Care’s evidence-based, innovative and inclusive programs reach kids who are often left on the sidelines and this expansion will allow more young people the chance to develop a sense of belonging, build confidence and be active.” 

In 2023, more than 2,400 children and youth in Nova Scotia took part in Jays Care programming, through community programs and 16 participating schools. Through its Field of Dreams program, Jays Care has also invested more than $685,000 to build and refurbish baseball diamonds in six communities across the province.

Last year, Blue Jays fans won approximately $16 million through Jays Care 50/50 jackpots; last season, it awarded a $5.9-million grand prize. Representational Image from

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