The FREE-to-enter contest, at http://www.theracetrack.ca, offers up to $1 million in prize money and asks participants to predict the entire outcome of particular races from the winning horse to the last steed under the wire.
"I like to pick the longshots," said Dumais, who read about the contest in the newspaper. "It's pretty exciting. It was quick and easy to sign up on-line. Next thing you know, I've got $5,000."
Katherine Newton's ballot was randomly selected as the winner of a trip for two to the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita. Everyone that plays gets a ballot for a trip draw on race day.
"I am pleasantly surprised to have been selected as the lucky winner to attend the Breeders' Cup in California," said Newton. "Thanks to everyone at Woodbine for affording me the opportunity to have this once-in-a-lifetime experience."
The stakes would have risen if Dumais or Dowdell had succeeded in also predicting the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth-place horses in the Mile. A perfect prediction would have netted the correct contestant a prize of $100,000 and a chance at the grand prize of $1 million.
The second leg of the Megapick contest resumes Sunday, with the one-mile, $150,000 Natalma Stakes.
Just like in last weekend's Woodbine Mile, if a contest entrant can predict the exact order of finish, he or she will win $100,000. If no entrant succeeds at picking the complete order of finish, the closest prediction will be rewarded with $10,000. There's also another trip for two to the Breeders' Cup to be won.