Chase-the-Ace draw con­tin­ues

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

GOULDS, N.L. — The chase for the elu­sive ace of spades will con­tinue in New­found­land af­ter huge crowds de­scended upon a com­mu­nity on the out­skirts of St. John’s for a chance to win the $1.42-mil­lion jack­pot. Ge­orge Chaulk, of Goulds, N.L., had the lucky ticket to draw a card Wed­nes­day night, but he drew the nine of spades.

But he will not be leav­ing empty-handed — the con­so­la­tion prize is $185,014. His wife, Christa Chaulk, says the ticket was part of a work pool. Once it’s di­vided among her hus­band and his 10 col­leagues, the cou­ple will have a lit­tle over $16,000, which she says will go to­ward a fam­ily va­ca­tion. There are now 10 cards left, and the draw is ex­pected to take place again next week at the St. Kevin’s Parish church hall in Goulds, N.L., with an even big­ger jack­pot. Tens of thousands of peo­ple turned out for Wed­nes­day night’s draw de­spite the soggy weather, with the lineup to buy tick­ets ac­tu­ally start­ing on Tues­day night.

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