Proceeds from the sale of lottery tickets, such as LOTTO 6/49, LOTTO MAX and Scratch ’N Win tickets, are the main fundraiser for more than 12,000 volunteer sport, culture, recreation and community groups in Saskatchewan. These lottery tickets are sold through a network of about 845 retailers across the province.
Denise Wilkinson (left) and Lorie Totter of Sandyridge Gas & Groceries in Grandora
Sandyridge Gas and Groceries Changes With The Times
There are many things that Jack and Lorie Totter enjoy about owning and operating the Sandyridge Gas and Groceries in Grandora, but first and foremost on Lorie’s list is the opportunity she has to meet and get to know so many great people in her community.
The Totters bought the convenience/grocery store/gas station from Audrey and Marcel Bertrand on July 4, 2007 and set to work growing the business. The store became a Fas Gas gas station on May 1, 2011, and also operates a post office service, in addition to selling a range of products including groceries, convenience items and Lottery tickets.
“It has also been rewarding taking a long-time business with lots of potential and turning it into an even better, more modern business by renovating and introducing new products,” said Lorie.
Sandyridge Gas and Groceries is also a dealer of Traeger BBQs, a move that was sparked by a highly successful promotion they had held to encourage customers to purchase fuel and Lottery tickets in exchange for an entry to win a Traeger BBQ.
Though the store has yet to sell any major winning Lottery tickets, Lorie does recall the day a CN Rail employee won $1,000 and was so excited about his prize that he decided to buy lunch for his coworkers. Lorie said they look forward to selling a big winning ticket in the future. In the meantime, they enjoy knowing that the ticket sales are used go to support worthy programs, including the Saskatoon Goldfin Swim Club that Lorie’s kids belong to.
“I feel it’s important to sell Lottery tickets to support local sport and recreation groups, as well as to provide customers with a product they want,” she said.
Sask Sport Inc. operates Saskatchewan Lotteries as the fundraiser for sport, culture and recreation through a licensing agreement with the Government of Saskatchewan to operate major lotteries in the province.
Saskatchewan Lotteries markets lottery schemes jointly with the Western Canada Lottery Corporation in Saskatchewan, processing applications for lottery agreements, and entering into agreements to sell, advertise or distribute lottery products through a province-wide network of Retailer locations. Saskatchewan Lotteries is responsible for developing programs and procedures, training, maintaining files and agreements, and provides lottery products and services to the retailer network. For more information about Lottery Ticket Centre Retailers, refer to the Lottery Ticket Centre Policy Handbook.