The Catch the Ace game is under literal lock and key with cards destroyed as soon as they are picked. This is to prevent any possible fraud. Organizers John MacQueen and Pat Oland show off their system. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

Catch the Ace, win big at RCL

By: Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2017

Winning big is just a card away.

Catch the Ace, the wildly popular lottery game, has come to the Royal Canadian Legion in Petawawa, giving players the chance to win a lot of money. Players must figure out which envelope is hiding the Ace of Spades in order to win big.

The progressive jackpot gets bigger every week with a one in 52 chance of correctly guessing where the Ace of Spades is hiding. Even if the player chooses incorrectly, they can still win hundreds of dollars.

The total sum depends on the number of tickets sold. Money collected is divided - 30 per cent to the winner, 20 per cent goes into the pot and 50 per cent is held by the Legion.

In the Maritimes, the game has actually topped $1 million dollars, though local organizers acknowledge that the lucky ticket-holder will most likely receive a prize of a few thousand at best.

The money that stays with the Legion will be directed back to the community to help soldiers, veterans and their families with various programs.

It is a new initiative and it is a win-win situation. β€œI really hope that the community will gather and participate,” said organizer Pat Oland. β€œIt is open to everybody, and the more participation, the better it is.”

The Legion sold 200 tickets for the first four weeks, it will sell 300 tickets for the next four and then will sell 400 tickets for the remainder of the game. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the Legion. A draw is held each week on Friday at 6 p.m.