Chase the Ace coming to Springhill tonight

Dave Mathieson
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Jackpot reached $243,000 in Noel, N.S.

Members of the Blues executive and the Cobequid Off Highway Vehicle Club gathered together Monday night in Springhill to flesh out the details of the Chase the Ace fundraiser, which will be held every Wednesday night beginning tonight at 7 p.m. Attending the meeting was: (clockwise from bottom left) Croyden Wood, Don Laurie, Robert McSavaney, Keith Blenkhorn Frank Bailey, Patricia Oikle, Doug Marshall and Troy Henwood. 

SPRINGHILL - If past Chase the Ace fundraisers are any indication it won’t be long before huge lineups form every Wednesday night at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre in Springhill.

“The way it works is, you start with a regular deck of cards and the person who wins the 50-50 draws one card from the deck. If they draw the Ace of Spades they win the jackpot and a new lottery starts over,” said Troy Henwood, of the Cobequid Off Highway Vehicle Club. “But if they draw any other card, they win 10 per cent of the sales from that night and the card they drew won’t go back in the deck.”

Henwood said the card that doesn’t win will be torn in half and put away in storage.

The first draw is tonight, with tickets going on sale at 7 p.m.

The same game is played at the Legion in Noel, N.S. and a few weeks ago the jackpot was drawing huge crowds.

“Their jackpot went up to $243,000,” said Keith Blenkhorn, also of the COHCC. “There were six cards left in the deck before the ace of spades was picked.”

Blenkhorn brought the idea to the Cumberland County Blues to see if they’d help promote the draw.

“I heard about in down in Noel in May or June. I have some business down there and they were telling me about it and how well it went,” said Blenkhorn. “They started it in the first of February down there, and we brought it up at a July meeting to see if we could get it going here.”

Blenkhorn said the idea might have originated in the Northwest Territories.

“I heard that somebody from Nova Scotia moved back home from the Northwest Territories and brought the idea with him,” said Blenkhorn.

Blenkhorn approached the Blues to see if they’d like to partner up with the COHCC on the fundraiser.

“Keith was looking at us to promote it at our Friday night games,” said Croyden Wood, president of the Cumberland County Blues hockey team. “Also, with our contract with the community centre, we can utilize the building if it’s not booked for anything else.”

Money raised will go towards helping upgrade off-road trails and to develop the Blues hockey club.

“We want to set up an education fund that’s sustainable every year. It’s money we wouldn’t have to take out of our operating fund,” said Wood. “We have five guys from Mount A playing for us and four from NSCC. In this area it’s hard to attract players, and this fundraiser like this could help attract players by helping with some of their expenses.”

Henwood said the Nova Scotia government is impressed with their list of rules.

“They’re going to use ours as an example for anybody else who wants to do the lottery,” said Henwood. “They’re going to use us as a guideline.”

To participate in Chase the Ace, purchase a two-piece numbered ticket at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre.

The 50-50 tickets cost one for $2, three for $5 and 10 for $10.

Tickets go on sale at 7 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m.

Participants must be in attendance to win.

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Organizations: Cumberland County Blues, Highway Vehicle Club

Geographic location: Springhill, Noel, Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Mount A

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