No winner for ChasetheAce draw to continue again next week in Newfoundland

first_imgGOULDS, N.L. – The chase for the elusive ace of spades will continue in Newfoundland after huge crowds descended upon a community on the outskirts of St. John’s for a chance to win the $1.42-million jackpot.George Chaulk, of Goulds, N.L., had the lucky ticket to draw a card Wednesday night, but he drew the nine of spades.But he will not be leaving empty-handed — the consolation prize is $185,014.His wife, Christa Chaulk, says the ticket was part of a work pool.Once it’s divided among her husband and his 10 colleagues, the couple will have a little over $16,000, which she says will go toward a family vacation.Chase the Ace is like a 50-50 draw in which players buy numbered tickets for about $5 each. The winner gets a percentage of the total ticket sales and a bigger jackpot if they pull the ace of spades from a deck of cards that gets smaller with each successive draw.There are now 10 cards left, and the draw is expected to take place again next week at the St. Kevin’s Parish church hall in Goulds, N.L., with an even bigger jackpot.Tens of thousands of people turned out for Wednesday night’s draw despite the soggy weather, with the lineup to buy tickets actually starting on Tuesday night.Carol O’Brien, a spokeswoman for the draw, said there were close to 60 people at any given moment inside the Roman Catholic facility helping sell tickets.St. Kevin’s has been hosting the draw every Wednesday, although it was briefly postponed after duplicate tickets surfaced because of an apparent printing glitch.(VOCM)last_img read more