Perfect start to retirement for 50/50 draw grand prize winner

When Cathy Zavitz came to Lighthouse to see Lunenburg by one of her favourite playwrights, Norm Foster, little did she imagine she would walk out of the theatre holding a 50/50 ticket worth over $8,000.

Zavitz was the lucky grand prize winner of our season-long 50/50 draw. Her winning ticket was drawn during the season topper, Across the Pond, and on Friday she drove down to Port Dover from her home in Hamilton to pick up her winnings – a cheque for $8,129.

“I’ve never won so much money in my life!” Zavitz said.

Zavitz says she makes a point of coming to Lighthouse at least once every summer.

“We like the smaller venues a whole lot better than going to Toronto. You feel like you’re participating more,” she said.

“And of course, it’s a beautiful setting. We can have dinner and see the show.”

The unexpected windfall makes for a fabulous start to a new stage of life for Zavitz, who retired in June from a career as a legal assistant.

She’s still mulling her options, but taking a trip and doing some home renovations are high on the list of what to do with her winnings.