THE END OF CHAS­ING THE ACE.

4 share ticket in cli­max of N.L.’s Chase the Ace

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ST. JOHN’S, N.L. •Acou­ple from Con­cep­tion Bay South, N.L., are the province’s new­est mil­lion­aires af­ter fi­nally draw­ing the elu­sive ace of spades.

Don and Marg Gor­man pulled the card in the sec­ond round of the Wed­nes­day night Chase the Ace draw, tak­ing home $2.6 mil­lion.

Don, who works for the town of Con­cep­tion Bay South, said he isn’t plan­ning to leave work af­ter win­ning the jack­pot.

“I cer­tainly will be,” laughed Marg as the cou­ple was swarmed by the me­dia.

Their win marked the end for the lo­cal lot­tery that lasted more than 44 weeks and cap­tured na­tional at­ten­tion.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple piled into the St. Kevin’s Par­ish hall in Goulds, N.L., as or­ga­nizer Carol O’Brien drew the win­ning tick­ets.

More than 60,000 oth­ers de­scended on Goulds, wait­ing for the num­ber to be called. Peo­ple be­gan lin­ing up be­fore dawn at the hall, and the line was al­ready a kilo­me­tre long by 7:30 a.m. lo­cal time.

Don ap­peared to be shell­shocked as he tried to an­swer ques­tions about what he would do with his win­nings.

“I’m not sure yet,” he said. “Four of us are in on it, in­clud­ing my son.”

Ear­lier, Glen Stokes from Mount Pearl, N.L., drew the 10 of spades and re­ceived more than $437,000 as the con­so­la­tion prize. He and his wife, Rosalie, said they had been play­ing for four weeks.

Goulds has been in­un­dated with Chase the Ace crowds most Wed­nes­days this sum­mer, buy­ing num­bered tick­ets for about $5 each to vie for the lifechang­ing jack­pot.

The province had de­clared the ace of spades had to be drawn Wed­nes­day night, sug­gest­ing there could be mul­ti­ple draws un­til some­one was de­clared the win­ner.

Mar­jorie Wil­liams of Kil­bride, N.L., won the least amount Wed­nes­day night, but ap­peared to be the most an­i­mated.

“Oh my God. Oh my god. I can’t be­lieve I won,” she said, jump­ing up and down on the stage.

Wil­liams’ ticket was drawn for the 50-50 prize of a lit­tle more than $427,000.

She said there were six peo­ple on the ticket.

“We’ve been here for weeks and it’s been a long haul, but it was worth it,” said Wil­liams.

O’Brien said the funds from the lot­tery fundraiser will be spent on the ceme­tery, church tower, the food bank and reg­u­lar main­te­nance.

PAUL DALY / THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Don and Marge Gor­man of Con­cep­tion Bay South, N.L., won $2.6 mil­lion in Chase the Ace Wed­nes­day evening.

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