New Ro­tary lot­tery in the cards

The Beacon Herald - - LOCAL NEWS - TERRY BRIDGE STAFF RE­PORTER BEA­CON HER­ALD tbridge@post­media.com

A fi­nan­cial wind­fall is in the cards for some­one soon.

The Ro­tary Club of Strat­ford just un­veiled a new lot­tery with a car­ry­over as­pect that could net a lo­cal res­i­dent a deck of money. Called Catch the Ace.

The ob­ject is, clearly, to cap­ture the Ace of Spades.

Tick­ets are $5 each and go on sale Satur­day. The first draw is the fol­low­ing Satur­day at 3 p.m. at the Fes­ti­val Mar­ket­place.

A sim­i­lar game re­cently caught on in Eastern Canada.

Will it prove pop­u­lar here?

“It will take a bit of time to catch on,” said Ro­tar­ian Gerry Thuss, also the lot­tery’s co-chair­per­son. “When you look at sim­i­lar draws around the province, it takes a bit of time, but what hap­pens is as the jack­pot starts to in­crease there’s more in­ter­est gen­er­ated.

“We’re hop­ing at that point in time peo­ple start to par­tic­i­pate a tad more, then you have a larger prize and a larger ac­cu­mu­la­tion.”

The ac­cu­mu­la­tion is what makes it at­trac­tive. Start­ing out, 52 cards will be placed in ran­domly se­lected en­velopes. As a card is drawn each week, it is elim­i­nated. The ticket-holder who chose the right card wins 20 per cent of that week’s sales.

If it’s not the ace of spades, how­ever, 30 per cent of the prize money moves for­ward to the fol­low­ing week.

“If some­one picked jack of clubs, then 30 per cent gets car­ried over to the next week, and on and on and on un­til such time the ace of spades is drawn,” said Thuss, cochair of the lot­tery along with Ken Nes­bitt. “Then what­ever’s in that ac­cu­mu­la­tion gets the prize.” How high will the jack­pot get? “I’m hop­ing fairly large,” he said. “The jack­pot out east was in the mil­lions of dol­lars; it can get pretty sig­nif­i­cant.

“Hard to say – the big­ger the bet­ter.”

It’s a 40-week event. If the ace hasn’t been se­lected by the time the fi­nal draw rolls around, there

We have lots of projects that we un­der­take and sup­port in the com­mu­nity and this will con­tinue to help us meet some of the ob­jec­tives.” Gerry Thuss

is a pre­de­ter­mined process to con­tinue pulling cards un­til it comes up.

“So 40 weeks will be the end,” he said.

To launch this draw, the club had to ob­tain a li­cence from the On­tario Lot­tery and Gam­ing Corp.

“It’s been a long time in the process try­ing to get it all to­gether through var­i­ous pro­vin­cial bod­ies, but we’re hop­ing that it goes well,” he said.

The other 50 per cent of the pro­ceeds each week will sup­port the club’s projects and pro­grams, in­clud­ing the Strat­ford Perth Ro­tary Hospice.

“We have lots of projects that we un­der­take and sup­port in the com­mu­nity and this will con­tinue to help us meet some of the ob­jec­tives,” he said. “The hospice is a fairly large com­mit­ment that our club has un­der­taken, but we’ve got a num­ber of dif­fer­ent ones.”

Tick­ets are avail­able at three Strat­ford spots, in­clud­ing Black An­gus Bak­ery, Li­bro Credit Union, and the Fes­ti­val Mar­ket­place.

“We hope for lots of com­mu­nity sup­port,” he said. “It should gen­er­ate some fun.”

There are an un­lim­ited num­ber of tick­ets.

“We could sell 100 tick­ets per week or 100,000,” he said. “When you look at the prizes that took place out east when they started to get re­ally big they were in the 250,000 tick­ets on that one draw, but that was re­ally to­wards the end.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit strat­for­dro­tarycatchtheace.com.

TERRY BRIDGE/THE

Ro­tary Club of Strat­ford mem­ber Gerry Thuss holds up an ace of spades on Fri­day. The club has launched a new lot­tery called Catch the Ace.

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