For the first time, King’s has won the Lotto 649 jackpot – of $35 million.
Over the last two years, 12 professors at the university – deemed the College Lottery Task Force – chipped in to buy lottery tickets every week. And every week showed a glimpse of hope for a win. But nothing came of their efforts until today.
“I was at the gas station – the same as every week,” Wayne Hankey said about the win.
“I was buying chips and lip chap when all the bells and whistles went off, and I found out we had won the jackpot.”
The $35 million prize is largely going to cover King’s deficit and debt – something many of the professors were keen on. Another portion is going to reimburse the teachers for their ticket purchases.
“We always meant for the money to go towards the school,” one professor said.
The rest of the money has not been officially allocated, though there are rumours that it will be used to buy the HOST department their very own air pump, as well as several first editions of Montaigne and Heidegger for the EMSP and CSP departments.