Swift Current is doing too much to live up to the moniker Where Life Makes Sense. Swift Current has been helping Life Make Dollars and Cents.
A real rash of winning has been enjoyed by visitors to the City in the past few months.
Jean Canning from Beechy won the biggest lottery jackpot in Saskatchewan history, a cool $23.9 million, during the Sept. 18 Super 7 lottery draw. She bought the ticket at the Shoppers Drug Mart location on top of Central Ave. in Swift Current.
Beechy's Vance Allinson just rode off on a brand new 2009 Harley Davidson in the Swift Current Shrine Club's seventh annual motorcycle raffle.
There was also a Southwest resident who won $100,000 on a lottery ticket bought at Swift Current's Rexall Drug Store.
Now, I'm all for being neighbourly, and I know that our neighbours are a big reason why Swift Current is a popular shopping and supply hub for the Southwest, but I wonder if there is such thing as being too nice to our visitors? Millions of dollars worth of being nice?
Sure, it might sound a little greedy, but maybe some of that winning could filter into the wallets and purses of Swift Current folk. I'd love to hear "Drinks on Me!!!" or "Here's the keys to your brand new Harley!!!" Who wouldn't.
My biggest concern is that Swift Current will be hosting a pair of international events in the coming months, with the city hosting Russia versus Latvia in an exhibition hockey contest on Dec. 21, and the 2010 Ford World Women's Curling Championship on March 20 to 28.
How nice are we going to be to these visitors? If our closest neighbours are enjoying a Swift Current winning streak, are these overseas visitors going to clean us out?
Sure, there's the Swift Current hospitality which always goes above and beyond to welcome everyone to the community, but let's reserve a little bit of being nice (and sharing the wealth) with our city neighbours too.