Everyone was a winner when Digger’s number came up.
Liza Smy, of Lawrencetown, says it was good destiny rather than dumb luck that she held the winning ticket for this ginormous lobster. Digger, as she calls him, was being raffled off to benefit the IWK Children’s hospital.
Smy says it all started when she saw the raffle notice at the grocery store and wondered what an eight-pound lobster would look like. Curious, she moseyed over to the seafood tank at the Superstore and guessed the big guy inside was at least 50 years old.
Watching him, she decided that this ancient crustacean was likely the sorry victim of a bad decision—one wrong turn in a long life—that lead him into a trap. Fortunately for Digger, the karmic wheel is a complicated rig and sometimes the good we do cancels the bad.
“As soon as I saw him, I knew I wanted to help give him a second chance,” she says. “I’m not a vegetarian, but I don’t like to see anything killed that doesn’t need to die. All day long I kept chanting, Save the lobster! Save the lobster.”
Crossing her fingers, she bought 10 tickets in hopes of setting Digger free and sending him home. Awhile later a little boy was asked to draw the raffle ticket and as luck would have it, Smy won—and, consequently, so did Digger.
Smy doesn’t see it as luck, adding that she rarely wins when she buys 50/50 tickets. This is a sign of a bigger destiny for Digger, where one lobster can help a children’s hospital and still enjoy his own happy ending.
“I was so excited when I won,” she said. “I looked for the biggest box I could find. He wouldn’t fit into a bag and anyway, I didn’t want to put him in a bag. He had raised money for the hospital and that is a wonderful thing. He deserved to live.”
So Smy and her husband Allen Veen drove Digger to the beach, clipped the bands on his claws, and set him free. She added they wished Digger well as he crawled back into the depths of the Bay of Fundy.