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January 7, 2016 10:40 AM

Winner of popular game could win thousand$

Lloydminster is gearing up to Chase the Ace.
The newest lottery in town will give ticket buyers a weekly chance to draw a playing card, the winner of which walks away with 20 per cent of total tickets sales for that week.
Another 30 per cent of the ticket sales go into a growing pot and if someone draws an ace on a given week, they walk away with that loot too.
The draws happen every Thursday at 8:15 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion No. 39, with the first one taking place Jan. 7.
“This is a growing jackpot,” said Rich Mallet, sergeant-at-arms for the branch.
“Every week we draw a card and whatever sold for tickets just accumulates.”
The other 50 per cent of the sales will go into a savings account and will be divvied up between Lloydminster Region Health Foundation, Kiwanis club and the Legion.
The draws will happen every week throughout the year unless someone wins the big pot, in which case they’ll just start over again.
Tickets can only be bought and sold in Saskatchewan from the Royal Canadian Legion due to provincial licensing, however, Mallet said if people on the Alberta side of town want to participate, they’re welcome too.
“But we don’t know how it’s going to take off or what we’re going to make or anything like that,” he said, referring to the fact this is the first year in Lloydminster for Chase the Ace. 
The draws might take a little while to gain traction because it’s new and people might not know the concept yet.
But total potential prize value is $187,500 — which might give people incentive to learn.
There are 75,000 tickets printed, going for $5 each, with a $500 minimum jackpot guaranteed if the ace gets pulled.
Mallet agreed that Legions across Canada have been having difficulties with funding so Chase the Ace will hopefully give the Lloydminster branch a needed boost.
He said last year they spent some money on renovations and they also need funds for general upkeep of their building as well as utilities during the winter.
The Lloydminster Region Health Foundation plans on putting their share of funds toward what CEO Wendy Plandowski calls the “highest equipment needs” at the Lloydminster Hospital.
“We felt that is something that affects everyone in the region,” she said via email.
“Our current number-one item that we are paying for are the new endoscopy equipment for surgery.”
She said the new 3-D scopes have better flexibility and the old scopes were nearing the end of their lifecycle.
As for the Kiwanis Club, past president Vera Gallant said they will use the funds to continue the Terrific Kids program and to support their Key Club, a high school sponsored program.
“If the monies are there, we can continue to add to our Kiwanis Park, bikes for kids, Music Festival, add more scholarships or increase the amount of our scholarships and continue our Santa’s project, which takes a large part of our budget,” she said, also via email.
“We also need a new candy floss machine.”

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