More than $1.3M up for grabs as Chase the Ace resumes in Sydney
This Saturday’s Chase the Ace draw in Sydney will go ahead as scheduled, organizers say.
Last week’s draw was postponed after two winning tickets were drawn the week before. Organizers awarded both winners $229,000, saying the duplicate tickets were the result of a printing error.
In a press release, the Horizon Achievement Centre’s business development officer says organizers have implemented new protocols and increased security measures.
“We have been working very closely with the province’s gaming commission and we have worked incredibly hard over the last week to take all necessary steps that have allowed us to move forward in a manner that will protect our respective charities, the ticket purchasers and the integrity of this important community fundraiser,” Stephen Tobin said in a press release.
Tobin says they have a new ticket supplier.
“Each ticket has seven digits, which means there are 10 million tickets for each colour,” says Tobin. “So that in itself is going to reduce the possibility and potential for duplicates.”
In addition, an accounting firm will work with the supplier to ensure there are no duplicate tickets.
“Really, those two conditions were that they employ a chartered accountant and that that accountant would look at and put in place procedures and policies that would ensure no duplicate tickets would be there,” says John MacDonald, the Nova Scotia Alcohol and Gaming executive director.
Police escorted the delivery of the new tickets to the Ashby Legion in Sydney, where volunteers will spend long hours preparing some four million tickets in time for Saturday's draw.
“We'll get 'er, there's enough volunteers here, we're a good legion,” says one volunteer.
However, the legion's president says he is frustrated with Alcohol and Gaming, saying the legion was given too much of the responsibility to find a solution.
“They're fishing in the dark too as to what are the best principles,” says John MacInnis, president of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 138. “I think the rules have to be tightened up and I think they have to apply to all chase the ace draws across the province.”
Macdonald says that each of draws is unique and they all operate a little differently.
With public intrigue only building since the controversy and more people in town for the holiday weekend, this Saturday’s draw is sure to attract attention.
“Our jackpot is estimated to be $1.3 million and that estimate is based on a general increase in ticket sales, but it could very well surpass that,” says Tobin.
There are nine cards left in the deck.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Ryan MacDonald