The Prairie North Regional Health Authority has announced a major portion of the fundraising for the new long-term care home in Meadow Lake.
A first-of-its-kind lottery launched today in support of the campaign to raise roughly $2.5 million, towards the community care facility.
The Meadow Lake Northland Pioneers Lodge Association’s fundraising committee is introducing ‘Chase the Ace.’
“We are thrilled to bring this new-to-Meadow Lake lottery to the community and encourage everyone 19 years of age and over to join in the fun of ‘Chasing the Ace’. You’ll be supporting family members, friends, and others in need of long-term care once the 72-bed replacement for Northland Pioneers Lodge is built,” says Guelda Wood, Committee co-chairperson.
Over the next year, until July 26, 2017, on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, citizens can purchase tickets at the Meadow Lake Civic Centre for a chance to win 30% of the pot.
From 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. people can purchase as many $5 tickets as they wish for a chance to draw the lucky ace. Sales end at 7 o’clock sharp and the draw for that night is made at 7:30.
“You have to be at the Civic Center the evening of the sales and draw to win. You purchase new tickets each time. The more tickets sold, the more money you could win,” explains Wood.
If your ticket is drawn, you then earn a chance to draw for the Ace of Hearts, from a standard deck of 52 cards. If you draw the Ace, you get an additional 30% of that evening’s ticket sales, for a total of 60%. If the Ace of Hearts isn’t drawn, the jackpot grows by that same 30%, toward the next Chase the Ace evening. The drawn card is taken out of the deck and the reduced-size card deck is secured for the following draw in two weeks’ time, when the whole process is repeated.
With each bi-weekly draw, if the Ace of Hearts is not selected, the size of the deck is reduced by the one drawn card.
Over the course of the whole year, a maximum 400,000 tickets are available to be sold. If all the tickets are sold, the total prize payouts are $1.2 million. If the Ace of Hearts is drawn at any point before the 400,000 tickets are sold, the lottery round is complete and ticket sales begin again for a new round with a new jackpot.