Eskimos-Stamps 50/50 nearly hits $350K mark

Chris Cross, a 40-year fan, buys his 50/50 tickets before a CFL football game between the Edmonton...

Chris Cross, a 40-year fan, buys his 50/50 tickets before a CFL football game between the Edmonton Eskimos and the Calgary Stampeders at Commonwealth Stadium July 24, 2014. (Ian Kucerak/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency)

Kevin Maimann, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:48 AM ET

Canada's two hottest football teams battled at Commonwealth Stadium Thursday, but thousands of fans missed the bulk of the action for a chance to win the record-setting 50/50 draw.

Some fans hadn't seen a minute of action between the Eskimos and Calgary Stampeders by the third quarter as they waited in slow-moving lines on the concourse for a shot at winning more than $345,000.

"I've never seen anything like this. This is crazy," said Marc Charest, decked out in his Eskies gear while he stood in the 50/50 line.

The prize swelled because the $71,731 draw from an Eskimos game against the Ottawa Redblacks earlier this month went unclaimed. The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission approved a request to carry the winnings over to Thursday's draw.

More than 40,000 turned out for Thursday's Battle of Alberta between the two undefeated teams, but some came just for the jackpot.


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