Cochrane pharmacy lotto winners share more than money

Employees at a pharmacy in Cochrane, Alta., are being a little more generous this holiday season because of some exciting news over the weekend.

$500,000 win turns out to be a big deal for staff

Once the winnings are split, pharmacy employees will end up with about $22,000 each. (CBC)

Employees at a pharmacy in Cochrane, Alta., are being a little more generous this holiday season because of some exciting news over the weekend.

Last week, 22 employees at the store decided to buy a ticket on a whim and won $500,000. Once the cheque is split, pharmacy employees will end up with about $22,000 each.

Pharmacy co-owner Kelly Kimmett, left, and employee Debbie Beynon were all smiles today after recently finding out they will be a little richer this holiday. (CBC)

But the little lottery win has turned out to be a big deal for the pharmacy.

Co-owner Kelly Kimmett lost his daughter Lindsay in a car accident six years ago. The family, including brother Reid who also works at the pharmacy, has been trying to keep her memory alive ever since.

Every year they help put on the Kimmett Cup — an annual pond hockey tournament that raises money in Lindsay's name.

This year the tournament commences on Jan. 17 and they have a goal of breaking $100,000, which is then donated to the Children's Wish Foundation.

Some of the employees are donating all or some of their winnings to the cause, meaning the charity is already halfway to its goal. 

"They're just all really heartfelt people, honest people in our community," said pharmacy employee Debbie Beynon.

Since her death, Lindsay's family and community have raised more than a million dollars in her name.

Beynon said some of the employees have been working with Kelly Kimmett for decades.

"The best part for me has just been sharing with the 22 very special people in this store."


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