The Telegram (St. John's)
Chase the Ace draw postponed
Potential million-dollar draw in Goulds delayed pending outcome of investigation by Service NL
“This is only my second week coming to the draw,” said Marie Barrett, wearing a hat and tie bedecked with aces of spades, and shamrock socks. “But with all this luck on me, I think I have a good chance of winning.”
All of Barrett’s luck wasn’t enough to make the Chase the Ace draw in Goulds go ahead Wednesday night, as it was postponed and Service NL is conducting an investigation.
“It’s disappointing,” said Agnus and Margaretejones. “But we’ll be back.”
The pair made three trips to St. Kevin’s Parish Wednesday afternoon, after Agnus forgot her tickets at home.
They say they will make another trip back when they find out when the draw will go ahead.
An organizer from St. Kevin’s Parish made an announcement at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday.
“Hang on to your tickets,” Carol O’brien announced over a speaker. “We will hopefully be having the draw tomorrow or the next day, but we are really not sure.”
Service NL stated in a news release, “The decision to postpone tonight’s draw was made after evidence of additional duplicate tickets was brought to the attention of Service NL.”
One individual had four separate Chase the Ace tickets with identical numbers.
According to the news release from Service NL, that was not the only printing error.
Some participants may not be able to make the trip back for the postponed draw.
“I’m going out of town tomorrow morning,” said Michelle Skinner. “I know a lot of people also drove in from out of town, so I’m sure it’s frustrating for a lot of people, including the organizers.”
Others commented that the 50/50 draw should still go ahead.
Service NL stated it “is working with the organizers of the draw, and the printing company that produced the tickets, to ensure all the conditions of the lottery licence are met.”