LEAK BLAMED ON FROST, SHIFTING GROUND
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.