Rock­y­ford’s Merle Marsh­man scores lot­tery wind­fall

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Rock­y­ford’s Merle Marsh­man had an easy de­ci­sion, which was to take the $100,000 and run.

The grand prize win­ners of the Foothill Hospi­tal Home Lot­tery were an­nounced on Thurs­day, May 4, and Marsh­man was on the list. His prize was the choice be­tween a new Range Rover Sport HSE, a Jaguar F-Pace S Sport or $100,000 cash. He went for the cash.

“I didn’t want the cars, I don’t need them,” he said. “I took the cash so I could di­vide it up among some peo­ple. How can you di­vide a car?”

He says he plans to do­nate a por­tion of his win­nings back to the Cal­gary Health Trust, and then share some it.

“I’ll have to talk it over with my daugh­ters and my fam­ily,” he said.

He tells The Mail he buys tick­ets to the home lot­tery ev­ery year, but this is the first time he won. He went into Cal­gary for the cer­e­mony to claim his prize.

The pro­ceeds of the Foothills Hospi­tal Home Lot­tery are directed to­wards pri­or­ity pro­grams and equip­ment at the Foothills Med­i­cal Cen­tre. It sold out this year. The en­tire list­ing of prize win­ners will be posted May 11.

“It came pretty late in life be­cause I am just past 90, I just about missed it!” he laughs.

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(l-r) Dr. Chris Ea­gle, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Cal­gary Health Trust and Merle Marsh­man, Foothills Hospi­tal Home Lot­tery win­ner.

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