Catch the Ace win feels ‘wonderful’By Jenn Watt
Published Nov. 14, 2017
It took a few rotations of the drum and a few tickets to be drawn, but at about a quarter past six
Margaret McFarlane is the first to win the lottery, which was introduced in the Highlands this summer modelled off of the popular Chase the Ace events in the Maritimes.
A small crowd gathered at the fish hatchery in Haliburton for the draw on Nov. 8 with the Haliburton Highlands Outdoors Association VP Rusty Rustenburg turning the drum and OPP Const. Tim Negus selecting tickets.
Because the lottery licence was about to expire, draw was a must-win situation with 1,459 tickets sold last week.
The first ticket drawn belonged to Ethel Robinson, whose corresponding envelope was the queen of spades. She received 20 per cent of the week’s proceeds: $1,459.
Several more tickets were drawn after that (none corresponding to the ace of spades) until finally McFarlane’s was selected, worth $11,061.
“I feel wonderful,” said Margaret McFarlane morning. “It was exciting. It’s really nice.”
Margaret and her husband Bruce have purchased tickets in Catch the Ace every week since it began in the summer. Bruce’s ticket was even pulled once, netting him $260.
“It was a thing to do to help support the community and it helps a good cause,” Margaret said.
Participants purchase a ticket each week and designate which envelope they believe the ace of spades will be in. If the ticket is drawn, that envelope is opened. If the ace of spades isn’t there, the ticket holder wins 20 per cent of that week’s proceeds. Each week the jackpot grows until the ace of spades is “caught” by the lucky winner. Fifty per cent of the proceeds go to the HHOA and Canoe FM.
After Bruce won, the couple continued purchasing tickets. Last week, Margaret said she was certain she was going to win. “I said, I’m going to win. I know I’m going to win,” she laughed.
The HHOA and Canoe FM are now starting the lottery all over again.