AMHERST – The number five has been lucky for Amherst Ramblers player Cam McDonald lately.
On Saturday his Ramblers beat the Bridgewater Lumberjacks 5-2.
On Tuesday he dressed for the Moncton Wildcats and beat the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 5-1, and just before Tuesday’s game he won $5,000 in the Tim Horton’s Roll up the Rim to Win contest.
“It was unbelievable. I’m still in shock about it,” said McDonald on Thursday as he loaded his hockey gear onto the bus for the trip down to New Glasgow for their game against the Weeks Crushers.
McDonald was on his way to Moncton Coliseum on Tuesday with Wildcats teammates Mark Tremaine and Ryan Penny, both of who he played Midget hockey with, when they stopped at the Tim Horton’s location on Main Street in downtown Moncton and grabbed a coffee.
It wasn’t until he was in the locker room that he rolled up the rim to see if he had won anything.
“It said $5,000 right on it and I looked at it a couple of times and started jumping around and going to all the boys, and they all started crowding around me because I was all excited,” said the 19-year-old. “They were all happy that I’d won, and Mark and Ryan were joking and saying I owe them something because we stopped at the Tim’s together.”
After the celebration the Wildcats stepped onto the ice for their game against the Titan.
“My teammates were telling me to stay focused and they were joking with me to shoot the puck and saying it’s my lucky day,” said McDonald. “But I lost focus every now and again thinking about the money.”
McDonald says his Ramblers teammates are happy for him.
“They’re a little bit jealous but I’ll treat them out to a wing night at Connor’s or Teazer’s, one of the two,” he said. “And some of them have been saying the five dollars I owe them is due.”
McDonald is from Waverly and says family is happy for him as well.
“They know the money will help me out with school,” he said. “I’m going to use half of it towards my education next year, and then I’ll buy some things I always wanted but could never afford.
“There’s a Cavendish concert in PEI I’ll buy tickets for, and I’ll buy a new phone. Little things like that.”
MacDonald mailed his winning rim to Tim Horton’s on Wednesday and said, “I’m not sure how long it takes to get the money but hopefully it will be soon.”
There are one hundred $5,000 prizes in the roll up contest and McDonald says he will keep playing the game hoping for another big payout.
“The most I’ve ever won before this was a donut or a coffee,” he said. “I work construction most of the time, so I have a few coffees a day. Maybe I’ll win big again.”