What is Catch the Ace?
 
A "Catch the Ace" progressive (accumulating jackpot) raffle lottery is a multiple draw game in which participants purchase tickets for a chance to win:
 
A. a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of tickets from one draw and;
 
B. the draw winner also gets a chance to win a progressive (cumulative) jackpot by selecting a new card from a standard deck of 52 playing cards.
 
• The person who holds the winning ticket selected in each draw has an opportunity to select one playing card from the single deck of 52 playing cards. If the Ace of Spades is selected, in addition to winning a percentage of the proceeds from the draw, the person will win the progressive jackpot.
 
• If the card selected is not the Ace of Spades, the selected card is removed from the deck and the progressive prize portion of the ticket sales for that draw is rolled over into the progressive jackpot for the next scheduled draw.
 
• The licensee conducts the scheduled events until the Ace of Spades has been selected and the progressive jackpot has been awarded.
 
• Tickets are valid only for the draw they are purchased for. Once the draw is complete, the non-winning tickets are removed from the draw container and a new series of tickets will be sold for the next draw.
 
Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora
 
 Catch the Ace - General Rules
 
  • All draws will be held at Fergus Legion Branch 275, 500 Blair St, Fergus, ON every Sunday at 3 p.m. where all tickets will also be sold unless directed otherwise by the licencee. 
  • Hours of business of the Legion are:
  • Mon. 2 PM to 6 PM          Tues. to Thurs. 2 PM to 11 PM                Fri. 1 PM to 11 PM                                       Sat. 12 PM to 10 PM      Sun 12 PM to 5 PM
  • Ticket sales for the week will be cut off each Sunday at 2 PM, and ticket sales for the next week will commence immediately after the draw
  • Individuals will be limited to purchasing no more than 4 (four) tickets per transaction.
  • Tickets will be valid only for the weekly draw that they were purchased for.
  • Minimum of 400 tickets sold per week to a maximum of 900 per week, excluding unsold tickets if any from prior weeks
  • Total maximum of 20,000 tickets to be sold
  • Unsold tickets from previous week(s) can be carried over to subsequent weeks.
  • Sales shall not exceed the set limit for each week plus any carry over of unsold tickets from prior weeks as determined by the licencee
  • Tickets from future weeks cannot be used.
  • Maximum overall prizes potential to be awarded is $50,000.00 CDN.
  • The available/remaining envelope numbers will be prominently displayed in the sales area.
  • Ticket stub will include space for name, town and phone number and the number of the envelope they would like opened if their stub is drawn.
  • Only the envelope number stated on the ticket shall be opened if still available.
  • In the case that the stub drawn does not have an envelope selected, the number is illegible or ambiguous; the lowest numbered available envelope will be opened.
  • In the case that the envelope selected on the drawn stub has already been opened, the lowest numbered available envelope will be opened.
  • The purchaser of the winning ticket is not required to be in attendance at the draw.
  • The name on the ticket will be deemed the Ticket Holder. Any / All prizes will be awarded to the Ticket Holder.
  • All winners will be notified by phone at the time of the draw.
  • Following the draw, the Winners name, Ticket number, Envelope selected, & Card revealed will be posted:
  • on the Fergus Elora Rotary Club Facebook page, posted at Fergus Legion and a copy of the draw video provided to Fergus Legion for their Facebook page
  • Winners have up to six months after the date of the draw to claim their prize
  • Ticket sellers reserve the right to refuse ticket sales to any individual.
  • Tickets must be purchased with cash ONLY. No credit card, bank card or cheques may be accepted.
  • Under no circumstances will unpaid tickets be entered into the draw.
  • In the case of shared tickets, it will be the responsibility of the Ticket Holder to allocate the prize as necessary.
  • Two-part numbered tickets will be sold at a cost of $5.00 per ticket, one part is the actual ticket which is given to the purchaser and the second part is the stub with the purchaser's information to be utilized for the current week's draw.
  • Each purchaser is responsible for checking their purchased ticket(s) at the time of purchase to ensure tickets have been properly separated, numbers are legible and that they have chosen an available envelope number.  Ticket stubs must not be folded
  • Winners must agree to the use of their name and likeness for publicity purposes by the licencee.
  • Ticket purchasers must be over 18 years of age to play. Tickets cannot be purchased on behalf of a person who is under 18 years of age and if the winning ticket holder is under age 18, they will be disqualified from winning and funds will go to the charity. Photo ID may be requested for Proof of Age.
  • ALL prizes will be paid by cheque. The Rotary Club of Fergus Elora will be responsible to ensure that the winnings are made available to the winner within 5 business days of winner verification. Cheques for prizes can be picked up in person at Fergus Legion, 500 Blair Street, Fergus, ON.  Photo ID will be required.
  • Distribution of weekly prizes is in relation to the income from same-week ticket sales:
    • 20% will be awarded to the winning ticket holder
    • 30% will be added to the Prize Pool until a $ 30,000.00 maximum jackpot is reached
    • 50% of the net proceeds will go to support Groves Hospital Foundation through the Rotary Club
  • All winners are contacted by telephone or in person. .
  • "Please Gamble Responsibly, Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline 1-800-230-3505" shall appear on all tickets.
  • The liability of the licensee of this lottery shall be limited to the purchase price of the ticket.
 
  • Catch the Ace - Draw Preparation:
  • A standard deck of 52 playing cards will be shuffled face-down, then placed in identical opaque envelopes The sealed envelopes will then be shuffled and randomly numbered from one (1) to fifty-two (52).
  • The entire procedure will be video recorded, and the recording retained for 6 months.
  • The envelopes will be on display in a secure display case for every draw.
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  • Catch the Ace — Draw Procedures:
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  • All aspects of the draw will be video recorded to ensure a record of the stub draw, confirmation of winning stub, selection of the envelope and subsequent destruction of the card in the selected envelope.
  • After the close of ticket sales, just prior to the draw, the following will be announced:
  • Number of tickets sold that week
  • Current week prize amount (20% of current / same-week sales.)
  • Catch The Ace accumulated jackpot (including 30% of current sales)
  • Once all ticket stubs have been placed in the draw box, the box will be agitated sufficiently and at least 3 times to ensure complete mixing of the stubs.
  • One winning stub will be drawn under the supervision of a bona-fide member of the Fergus-Elora Rotary Club. The bona-fide member or the person drawing the ticket will not have a ticket in their name or an interest in any ticket for this draw.
  • For each round the original sealed deck of 52 cards will be used.
  • Once the winning stub is drawn, the envelope indicated on the stub will be opened (in clear view of the public) to reveal the enclosed card.
  • Only the envelope number stated on the ticket shall be opened.
  • In the case that the stub drawn does not have an envelope selected, the number is illegible or ambiguous, the lowest numbered available envelope will be opened.
  • In the case that the envelope selected on the drawn stub has already been opened, the lowest numbered available envelope will be opened.
  • If the Ace of Spades is not chosen, the ticket holder will be awarded only the 20% of the current weeks' prize.
  • The selected ticket and card/envelope will be  destroyed by 2 members of the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora and a log kept of all destroyed cards.
  • The "deck" (this refers to unselected envelopes/cards) will be secured and locked. This will continue weekly until the Ace of Spades is chosen.
  • In the event the Ace of Spades is selected, the winner will be awarded both the current rounds same-week prize amount and the accumulated jackpot. The event and the licence are then concluded.
  • Week (Round) number 30 shall be the last draw. The draw will commence normally with the draw of one ticket. The ticket holder will be awarded that rounds same-week prize and the envelope indicated on the stub will be opened in hopes of finding the Ace of Spades. Only the first winner will be awarded that rounds same-week prize. If the Ace of Spades is not uncovered, another stub will be drawn, and that ticket holder's indicated envelope will be opened. This will continue until the Ace of Spades is drawn and the accumulated jackpot awarded. If the indicated envelope number is not available, the lowest available numbered envelope will be opened as a substitute.
  • Tickets are only valid for the weekly draw they are purchased for. Once the draw is complete, the non-winning tickets are removed from the draw container and a new series of tickets will be sold for the next draw date.
  • The ticket sequence used that week and the winning ticket number will be entered into a "Ticket Log". Subsequently, the stubs will be removed from the ballot box, placed into sealed containers, and retained in a secured area for a minimum of 30 days. Winning tickets will be retained until 30 days after the conclusion of the licence.
  • To avoid duplicate numbered tickets, two-part stub tickets will be printed beginning at the number one (I). Numbering will continue until the raffle is concluded. Tickets will be sold consecutively for each draw. The first and last ticket sold for that draw will be recorded in the sales log.
  • Video recordings will be copied after the event and copies will be secured in a safe location for a minimum of 30 days.
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  • Catch the Ace — Special Circumstances:
  • In the event of storms, power outages or other catastrophic event(s) which cause a delay, the raffle will continue as usual on the next available day