With plenty to smile about are all six lucky members of the McEachen family, accepting their Catch the Ace prize winnings of $574,584. (Left to right) Richard Bedard, President and CEO; Jim Gibson, Foundation Board Member; son Ryan McEachen; Mark McEachen, lottery winner; daughters Sophie, Morgan, and Kate McEachen; wife Channa McEachen; Ashley Pardy, Foundation Executive Director; Leo Buckley, Foundation Board Chair; and Cathy Fisher, Foundation Board Member. (Submitted photo)

The McEachen family Catch the Ace


Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2019

On Thursday, February 21, on week 50 of the Deep River and District Hospital Foundation’s Catch the Ace lottery, the elusive Ace of Spades was finally caught by Mark McEachen—who has taken home $574,584.

The real winner, however, is the DRDH Foundation, who raised around $785,000 to support the purchase of Diagnostic Imaging equipment for our Hospital through this lottery.

In front of a very full house at The Bear’s Den in Deep River, volunteer Marlene Gibson drew the winning ticket, belonging to Mark McEachen of Douglas. Mark chose envelope 47, one of only three remaining envelopes, and it contained the elusive Ace of Spades. In addition to the weekly prize of over $65,000 ($1 for every ticket sold that week), Mark also received the progressive jackpot that with the week 50 contribution ($1.50 for every ticket sold) which amounted to almost $509,000.

The McEachens say they aren’t going to rush and spend the money too quickly.

Although a family vacation or two may be in order, Channa McEachen indicated that, “for now, the money has just given us peace of mind.”

The total net revenues received by the Foundation through this amazing lottery are around $785,000, which is almost half of the Focused on You campaign goal to raise $1.75 million for the replacement of Diagnostic Imaging equipment for the hospital.

Leo Buckley, Board Chair for the DRDH Foundation highlighted that, “the support and participation by so many volunteers made this fundraising journey a delightful, entertaining event.”

The foundation and the hospital are thankful to everyone who gave their time, energy and enthusiasm to this lottery, as well as to everyone who participated and bought tickets. The lottery has awakened in the communities the importance of the hospital and the crucial issue of fundraising for capital equipment. A special thank you is owed to all the volunteers, as without them, the success of this lottery would not have been possible. In particular, the efforts of Leo and Kathy Buckley, as well as Jim and Marlene Gibson, have been extremely commendable over the course of the lottery.

For those of you who want to play again, the Foundation will be starting up another round of the Catch the Ace lottery. It is hoped that our communities will continue to buy tickets in support of our local Hospital, and help the Foundation reach the Focused on You campaign goal.