Chase-the-Ace re­turns tonight

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY/ENTERTAINMENT -

Play re­sumes tonight for Char­lot­te­town’s first large-scale Chase-the-Ace Lottery. With a cur­rent jack­pot of $2,261 back on the ta­ble, one lucky Is­lan­der may ex­tend their hol­i­day cheer well into 2016.

Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre’s Chase-the-Ace for the Arts fundraiser for the­atre im­prove­ments is held ev­ery Tues­day in Stu­dio 1, be­side Ma­vor’s, with this week’s draw be­ing the one ex­cep­tion.

Ticket sales run 7-8:35 p.m. with full bar ser­vice and board games. The win­ning draw is held at 8:45 p.m.

For this Chase-the-Ace, weekly ticket sales are split with 50 per cent go­ing to the fundrais­ing char­ity, 30 per cent be­ing pooled into the jack­pot and 20 per cent go­ing to the weekly win­ning ticket holder, who also gets the chance to draw a card from the deck.

As weeks go on with­out the Ace of Hearts be­ing drawn, the jack­pot grows and the deck di­min­ishes. The cen­tre has cho­sen an Anne of Green Gables-themed deck of cards, with the hearts suit as the jack­pot trig­ger.

Pro­ceeds from the lottery will be put to­wards the $5-mil­lion cost of phase two im­prove­ments to the Hom­burg The­atre. The the­atre closed in De­cem­ber for four months of es­sen­tial restora­tion work to the back-of-stage, in­clud­ing rig­ging, hang­ing, and fly sys­tems, ac­cess and safety equip­ment, and needed in­fra­struc­ture up­grades.

While the pub­lic ar­eas of the 1,100-seat the­atre re­cently un­der­went sig­nif­i­cant restora­tions, the stage fa­cil­i­ties and back­stage ar­eas have not seen ma­jor en­hance­ments since the Is­land’s largest the­atre opened in 1964.

Full rules and reg­u­la­tions, as well as a full ticket price list, are at con­fed­er­a­tioncen­

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