The Eskimos are currently going through a quirk in their schedule right now with four straight games on the road. The next home game on The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium isn’t until November 5th against the Toronto Argonauts but that day will be very exciting for fans.
The Eskimos have bought 100-thousand dollars worth of 50-50 tickets which will give the jackpot of 50 thousand dollar head start. The first 20,000 fans will receive a 50-50 ticket. Eskimos president and CEO Len Rhodes says the final jackpot has the potential to be very big.
“The fact that were leading this and the take home is going to start at 50-thousand dollars on November 5,” Rhodes said. “Two hours before kick-off we’re opening the gates early, who knows where this is going to go. You are in control Edmonton because it’s going to be based you going to the game and buying more tickets.”
The Eskimos needed permission from the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission to embark on this venture. The ALGC granted the Eskimos one game to purchase the block of 50-50 tickets and give them away to their fans calling it a pilot project.
“The business model is actually quite interesting because when you look at how people reacted two years ago,” Rhodes said. “We just need to sell a few extra thousand game-day tickets and it’s going to cover itself and we know that based on history we’re going to exceed what it’s going to cost us because we know how people respond to 50-50 here in Edmonton.”
The last time the 50-50 jackpot at an Eskimos home game had a head start was in July of 2014 when the jackpot started at over 71-thousand dollars. 20 year-old Connor Croken took home over 348-thousand dollars which is a North Amercian record.