Jim Gibson, chairman of the governance committee of the Deep River and District Hospital Foundation, revealed the ace of spades during the 50th week of the second Catch the Ace progressive lottery Feb. 21 at the Bear’s Den in Deep River. Catch the Ace fever is building again during the third draw, as the jackpot has reached $75,000. Jim’s wife Marlene, who drew the winning ticket, is seen reacting in the background.
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The Deep River and District Hospital Foundation’s third Catch the Ace draw is progressing well. It is now in week #18 and the estimated jackpot has reached $75,000 if the ace of spaces is found. Weekly prizes have been $3,000 plus for the last few weeks.The lottery is part of a major fundraising campaign to purchase new X-ray and ultrasound equipment for the hospital. Negotiations with the selected vendor to determine the installation construction schedule are nearing completion so this dream is becoming a reality. All that is needed is to raise the $1.75 million to pay for this new diagnostic imaging equipment. The last lottery ran for nearly a year as the elusive ace was not found until week 50 of the draw. A Douglas family won $574,000 and the lottery brought in $780,000 for the Deep River and District Hospital.Volunteers have been selling tickets in both malls in Pembroke for a while now and sales are steadily increasing week over week. The volunteers are at the Pembroke Mall Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the West End Mall Tuesdays, Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.The foundation has also secured Hamilton’s Convenience and Propane Centre at the intersection of B-Line and Round Lake Roads. This is in addition to Shear Madness Hair Designz, Bower’s Esso and Convenience, GearHeads Cycle Shop, EGM Insurance, Razor’s Edge Barbershop and Drea’s Barbershop.Ticket sales close in the Pembroke/Petawawa area at 4 p.m on Thursdays and the weekly draws take place at the Deep River Golf Club every Thursday evening at 8 p.m. so get your tickets early so you don’t miss out.Check out our Deep River and District Hospital Foundation website for draw details and watch the draws live on Facebook.