Pulling the ace

Claims $131,140 jack­pot

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front page - BY ADAM RAN­DELL adam.ran­dell@gan­der­bea­con.ca

Mus­grave Har­bour man claims $131,140-jack­pot at C-W-T Chase the Ace

Shel­don Hann of Mus­grave Har­bour en­tered the Green Acres Lounge in Cen­ter­ville Wareham - Trin­ity pump­ing his fist in the air. He was greeted with ap­plause and cheers fit for a prize fighter. Hann was about to go a round with the re­main­ing six cards in the on­go­ing Chase the Ace fundraiser hosted by In­dian Bay ATV As­so­ci­a­tion and C-W-T recre­ation. The prize money – $131,140. Or­ga­nizer Corey Pick­ett dealt up the cards and spread them out, al­low­ing Hann to pick his fate. Slowly, Pick­ett turned up the card, so Hann could be the first to see it. Hann raised his arms in the air and let out a yell. He had done what 46 peo­ple be­fore him couldn’t – he found elu­sive the ace of spades to claim the jack­pot. “It feels like my heart is beat­ing out of my body,” he said af­ter­wards. “This is only my third time play­ing.” He’ll be split­ting the prize with his mother. Hann wasn’t the only big win­ner for the night. Spencer Cut­ler of Re­news claimed the more than $13,000 prize in the 50/50 draw. It was his first time ever par­tic­i­pat­ing in a Chase the Ace event. “I was just in the area vis­it­ing my mother and fa­ther,” he said. Cut­ler said his sis­ter told him his rel­a­tives were go­ing to try their luck, so seven fam­ily mem­bers went in on tick­ets. For Pick­ett it was a great end to a very suc­cess­ful event. All funds raised will be used to im­prove and main­tain re­cre­ational in­fra­struc­ture, and to de­velop and im­prove lo­cal trails. “It was a great fundraiser – it’s sad to be done but it was a great run,” Pick­ett said. He noted the event couldn’t have run with­out the vol­un­teers, and that more than three dozen peo­ple were re­quired to pull off Thurs­day night’s event. But he doesn’t an­tic­i­pate the group will be do­ing another one any­time soon. “Our Lions Cen­tre wants to do one now and there are (Chase the Ace events) hap­pen­ing in other com­mu­ni­ties in the area,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of area sup­port, and now it’s time to lend sup­port to neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties.”

PHO­TOS BY ADAM RAN­DELL/THE BEA­CON

Shel­don Hann of Mus­grave Har­bour pulled the ace of spades on the evening of Feb. 1 to win the $131,140-Chase the Ace jack­pot in Cen­ter­ville-Ware­hamTrin­ity.

Tony Kean, left, and Ralph Ack­er­man had a busy night fill­ing the 50/50 ticket tub. Nearly 27,000 tick­ets were sold.

Doris Pick­ett, left, and Myr­tle Hunt had a friendly smile and good luck wishes for those pur­chas­ing Chase the Ace tick­ets.

Spencer Cul­ter claimed the 50/50 prize worth more than $13,000. He drew Hann’s num­ber, so he could draw for the ace.

Di­eter Gib­bons gets to the bot­tom of the bucket to make sure the tick­ets are mixed thor­oughly.

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