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FROST and ground move­ment are be­lieved to be the causes of a nat­u­ral gas buildup that oc­curred on Thurs­day near Polo Park, a Man­i­toba Hy­dro spokesper­son said Mon­day.

Bruce Owen said the ex­pan­sion and con­trac­tion of the ground due to fluc­tu­at­ing tem­per­a­tures caused a two-inch pipe to leak at the in­ter­sec­tion of St. Matthew’s Av­enue and Em­press Street.

The buildup hap­pened not far from a Man­i­toba Hy­dro sub­sta­tion with a 66-kilo­volt line. Un­der­ground ca­ble and seven power lines are routed there, dis­tribut­ing power to the im­me­di­ate area and to neigh­bour­hoods in River Heights.

Owen told the on Fri­day that the sub­sta­tion was “de-en­er­gized” un­til the buildup could be vented. Power was later re­stored to an es­ti­mated 20,000 cus­tomers. $1 mil­lion richer.

The Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 19’s “Chase the Ace” jack­pot reached more than $1 mil­lion on the week­end be­fore Brad Slu­goski found the ace with three cards left.

“He was pretty ex­cited. He was shak­ing, his wife was shak­ing. She thought she was go­ing to have a coro­nary,” said Linda Kuhl, the le­gion’s branch man­ager.

The event got so pop­u­lar as the jack­pot in­creased weekly, it had to be moved from the le­gion to the Roy H. John­ston arena.

Chase the Ace is a fundrais­ing lot­tery in which the jack­pot ac­cu­mu­lates and builds week-to-week. Par­tic­i­pants buy raf­fle tickets for a chance to draw from a deck of cards.

The jack­pot is held over and in­creases week to week, with 50 per cent of ticket sales go­ing into the new pot, un­til the lucky ace is drawn from the deck. Non-win­ning cards are re­moved from the deck, so the odds im­prove each week as the jack­pot grows.

Huge win­nings aren’t un­com­mon in Chase the Ace. Last sum­mer, a cou­ple in New­found­land won $2.6 mil­lion in a sim­i­lar event.

Ac­cord­ing to Kuhl, Slu­goski said he’ll share his $1,009,870 with his brother-in-law. Both are within a month of re­tire­ment.

Slu­goski and his wife at­tended the fundraiser al­most ev­ery Satur­day, so Kuhl was glad to see some­one win who had con­trib­uted and sup­ported it for that long.

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