Ron Gallo

May 16, 2013, Prince George, BC (ISN) – The Prince George Spruce Kings Junior A Hockey Club would like to congratulate Pam Knowles and Donna Cox on winning the Grand Prize in the 31st Annual Spruce Kings Show Home Lottery.

Long-time friends and co-workers in Prince George, Knowles and Cox have been purchasing tickets together in the annual lottery for the past 15 years. On Wednesday night their ticket (6415) was drawn from out of the 8,500 tickets in the draw barrel for the grand prize of the Show Home valued at $446,000.

“The winners weren’t at the house for the draw but another friend of theirs was,” said Spruce Kings Show Home Lottery manager, Jim Young. “To witness that emotion and see the excitement in their eyes is one of the best things about the lottery.”

“I thought it was some kind of joke,” Pam Knowles said after arriving at the house with her husband and Donna Cox and her husband. “I’ve never won anything before. Now I can’t believe that after 38 years, I’m debt free.”

The process of moving the prize over to the winners will start immediately although no immediate plans were made by Knowles or Cox as to what they would do with their new home.

“These two couples are going to retire next year because of the win,” said Young. “This lottery really is a life changing event, I’ve seen it every year and every year it is just so overwhelming.”

Also drawn on Wednesday night was the first Mega 50/50 grand prize of $40,000. Richard Heighington won $40,000 when his ticket (0924) was drawn from among the 4,000 tickets in that draw barrel. Heighington is a Spruce Kings alumni having played for the team in the early 1990’s.

“Rich is an alumni and big supporter of the Spruce Kings,” continued Young. “He was absolutely ecstatic about winning $40,000. I couldn’t be happier that a Spruce Kings alumni won the first Mega 50/50. It shows the support from all of the alumni. The Spruce Kings truly are one big family.”

The second Mega 50/50 Lottery grand prize draw for $40,000 will be made May 16th at 8pm at the house located at 2668 Links Drive in the Aberdeen Glen Subdivision of Prince George.

For rules of play and more information on this year’s Show Home Lottery, visit the Spruce Kings website at or call the Spruce Kings office at 250.564.1747.