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New cash lottery helps several northern hospitals

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Hospital cash lotteries have become very popular fundraisers across the north and now dozens of Ontario health care facilities are teaming up for a brand new one.

Split the Pot Lottery is being called the largest fundraising partnership among the province's hospitals.

As of Tuesday at 4:45 p.m., the current estimated jackpot is $1,670,840, which means the estimated payout for the 13 winners is a total of $835,420.

The grand prize is split, with one winner taking 60 per cent, two winners splitting 20 per cent and the remaining 20 per cent is split among 10 other winners.

The other half of the ticket sales go toward the 58 participating hospitals.

Purchasers decide where to direct the proceeds, either to be split amongst the whole group or to a facility of their choice.

Organizers said the big winners are the hospitals, patients and health care system as a whole.

CTV News' Tony Ryma will be on location at various northeastern Ontario hospitals that benefit over the next two weeks to find out how the money will support our local communities.

Tony to visit northern hospitals with Split the Pot Lottery.

On Tuesday he is in North Bay, on Wednesday Tony is in Parry Sound and on Thursday, he will be in Espanola.

Next week, Tony will be in Sault Ste. Marie on June 20.

Check back for the interviews, which will be posted above.

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