You raised $16,000 for student emergency bursaries
In 2020, more than 180 Okanagan College students experienced a financial emergency.
The Okanagan College Foundation 50/50 Staff Lottery provides funding for emergency bursaries for our students. Because of you, more than $16,000 was raised in 2020 to support emergency financial assistance for students. So often, an emergency bursary can mean the difference between a student completing their education – or not.
Sign up today to have your chance at winning a cash prize every payday while supporting students.
Already participating? Consider increasing your chances of winning with more entries.
If you are interested in joining over 250 of your colleagues who already participate, follow the instructions below to sign up or contact Dawn Douglas, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
How to sign up
- Complete the online application form
How the 50/50 Staff Lottery works
Win cash, support emergency bursaries
For only $5 per pay period, you’ll receive one entry in the bi-weekly 50/50 draw.
Choose to deduct more and you will increase the prize pool and your chances of winning.
Where does the money go?
- 50% goes to emergency bursaries for Okanagan College students
- 50% goes into the bi-weekly prize draw
- In addition, Okanagan College matches the bi-weekly prize amount to support the Okanagan College Family Award.
How to sign up
- Complete the online application form
Staff Lotto FAQs
Who can participate?
- Any Okanagan College employee
- Must be 19 years or older
- Must have earned an income in the pay period being drawn
How much does it cost to participate?
- Each entry is $5 per pay period
- Employees can have more than one entry in each draw, at $5 per entry per pay
How do I sign up?
- Download and print the form through myOkanagan under “Forms” and “Foundation”, complete the form and send to the Okanagan College Foundation (P103, Kelowna)
- Pick up a brochure – available from your Faculty office/Department, HR (E508, Kelowna) or the Okanagan College Foundation office (P103, Kelowna), complete the brochure and send to the Okanagan College Foundation office
How do I increase, decrease or cancel my entries?
If you wish to increase, decrease or cancel your entries in the 50/50 staff lottery, please email email@example.com.
When are draws made?
Draws are held Payday Fridays.
How do I find out who won?
The winner is announced by email to all current participants, posted on College Matters and posted on the Okanagan College Foundation website.
How do I claim my prize?
If you are at the Kelowna Campus, your prize cheque will be delivered to you by a member of the Advancement team. If you are at a campus/centre outside of Kelowna, your prize cheque will be mailed to you. Please note, it takes approximately two weeks for cheques to arrive.
Is my staff lottery deduction considered a donation?
Bi-weekly payroll deductions for the staff lottery are wagers in a game of chance and do not qualify for tax receipts.
Do I need to renew each year?
Yes. Gaming rules require us to receive written consent from participants to remain in the lottery for the next calendar year. If consent is not received, you will be removed from the lottery program for the first pay of the next calendar year.
What is the Okanagan College Family Award?
It is an award fund available to current Okanagan College students who are immediate family members of Okanagan College employees. The award is presented 3 times each year to eligible students who apply.
Who can I contact if I need more information?
Our staff lottery coordinator is Dawn Douglas, firstname.lastname@example.org / Local 4774.
Your support makes a difference for students
“To whom it may concern, I was recently awarded financial assistance through the emergency relief fund and I wanted to share my appreciation and gratitude for what you have done for my family.
You allowed me to provide proper food for my two young daughters, keep the water and power on and allowed me to focus on my studies with less stress.”
“This money is going to help with food, medication, rent, utilities, and all the other basic needs.
I am more than thankful for the generosity it is more than greatly appreciated while the stressful times of this pandemic and transitioning to online classes. Thank you for allocating the money to me I am more than thankful and appreciative.”
“I would like to convey my utmost appreciation for the assistance offered to me to navigate this unpredictable and life altering Covid-19 pandemic.
This ongoing situation has been the great equalizer, reminding us of how fragile humanity is, but also has proven how resilient we are as humanity and that we are all in this together. We are all looking out for each other and caring for each other."
Give to Emergency Bursaries
If you are unable to participate in the Staff Lottery based on your position or choose not to participate, you can still support the campaign and student emergency bursaries. You can donate online and choose "Student Emergency Bursary Fund."
OC Family Award
Every payday, Okanagan College’s 50/50 Staff Lottery contributes funds to go towards an Okanagan College Family Award. In addition, Okanagan College matches the bi-weekly prize amount to support the award, which is open to an immediate family member of a continuing (regular) Okanagan College employee.
Since 2005, more than $219,000 has been awarded to family members of Okanagan College employees. The award is presented three times annually.