New Rotary lottery in the cards
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.
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.