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.
Rules for Catch the Ace - Round 4 - Commencing Dec 11, 2022
Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora
 Catch the Ace – Rules of Play
Prizes and Distribution
  • 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 a rising Progressive Jackpot.
    • 50% of the net proceeds (less allowable expenses) will go to The Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora for distribution to various charities within the Province of Ontario.
Prizes will be allocated each Sunday
  • All prizes will be paid by cheque and either mailed to the winner or picked up at the Fergus Legion with suitable photo ID .
Sales and Tickets
  • Ticket sales outlets will include the Fergus Legion Branch 275 as well as other outlets in Fergus, Arthur, and Elora  and/or outlets in Wellington County as arranged by the licensee.  Sales at the Legion will be cut off at 2 PM each Sunday and at 2 p.m. each Saturday at other locations.  Online sales will cease at 6 p.m. each Saturday.  Ticket sales for the next week will commence after the draw as soon as feasible at all outlets as determined by the licensee.
  • Two-part numbered tickets will be sold at a cost of $5.00 per ticket, one part is the ticket with the purchaser's information to be utilized for the current week's draw and the second part is the ticket stub.  To play, ticket purchasers must be over 18 years of age and located within the Province of Ontario. 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 a charity. Photo ID may be requested for Proof of Age.
  • For online sales, ticket numbers will be sent to the purchaser by email.  The Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora will print your name and contact information onto tickets of the same size and weight of paper as the tickets that are sold in-person.  Each ticket will be added to the raffle drum for that 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 and names are printed and that they have chosen an available envelope number.  Tickets must not be folded and if they are, they will be disqualified.
  • The name of a real person or a maximum of 2 persons must appear on all tickets. In the case of  2 names on any winning ticket, all prize amounts will be equally divided.
  • The licensee reserves the right to limit the number of tickets sold to an anyone per weekly draw or refuse ticket sales to anyone.
  • Tickets will be valid only for the weekly draw indicated on their ticket.
  • All tickets shall be sequentially numbered and dated for each draw date with no duplicate numbers
  • Tickets will include space for name, town or email address, and phone number and the number of the envelope they would like opened if their ticket is drawn, with all information clearly printed.  Online ticket purchasers must also indicate their mailing address and email address.
  • The available/remaining envelope numbers will be prominently displayed in the sales area.
  • Tickets are only good for the week they are purchased for.
  • The name on the ticket will be deemed the Ticket Holder. Prizes will be awarded to the Ticket Holder
  • In-person sales must be purchased with cash ONLY. No credit card, bank card or cheques may be accepted.
  • Online ticket purchasers will receive a confirmation email containing their ticket numbers.
Group Play (In-Person Sales Only)
●   Group play is considered more than 2 individuals names on a ticket
●   The person in charge of the group (the captain) will print their first name and surname on a ticket followed by the word “captain” in brackets after their surname
●   The name of the group should be printed on the back of the ticket
●   Any winnings will be paid to the captain of the group.  The captain will be the person responsible for the fair and equitable distribution of prize money among the group play members.
  • All draws will be held at Fergus Legion Branch 275, 500 Blair St, Fergus, ON every Sunday at 3 p.m.  
  • Fergus Legion Hours 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
  • Draws will made for 52 consecutive weeks commencing December 11, 2022
  • 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.
  • 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 Progressive Jackpot (including 30% of current sales)
  • Once all ticket have been placed in the draw box, the box will be agitated sufficiently and at least 3 times to ensure complete mixing of the tickets.
  • One winning ticket 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.
  • Once the winning ticket is drawn, the envelope indicated on it 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 ticket 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 ticket has already been opened, the lowest numbered available envelope will be opened.
  • If the Ace of Spades is not revealed in the envelope selected, the ticket holder will be awarded only the 20% of the current weeks' prize.
  • In the event the Ace of Spades is revealed in the envelope selected, the winner will be awarded both the current rounds same-week prize amount and the Progressive Jackpot. The event and the license are then concluded
  • The selected card/envelope will be destroyed by 2 members of the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora and a log kept of all destroyed cards.
  • Only the envelope number stated on the ticket shall be opened if still available.
  • The purchaser of the winning ticket is not required to be in attendance at the draw.
  • All winners will be contacted by telephone or in person or email.
  • For each round the original deck of 52 cards will be used
  • The "deck" (this refers to unselected envelopes/cards) will be secured and locked. This will continue weekly until the Ace of Spades is chosen.
  • Once the draw is complete, the non-winning tickets are removed from the draw container 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 license.  A new series of tickets will be sold for the next draw date.
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).  Each envelopes will be signed on the reverse by 2 members of the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora.  The envelopes will then be placed in numerical order in a secure display case (the draw board)
  • The entire procedure will be video recorded (minimum , and the recording retained for 1 month after conclusion of the lottery.
  • The draw board will be  under the care of a member of the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora and will be on display for every draw.
Card Draw Week 52
  •  If the lottery proceeds until week 52, that is, when there is only one unopened envelope remaining, there is no need for anyone to choose an envelope number as this remaining envelope will contain the Ace of   Spades.  At that draw, the winning ticket holder will receive the weekly prize of 20% of the weekly ticket sales in addition to the Progressive Jackpot increase of 30% of weekly sales combined with the Progressive Jackpot prize amount to date..  In other words, winner takes all.
  • Following the draw, the Winners name, Ticket number, Envelope selected, & Card revealed will be posted: on the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora YouTube Channel .
  • Video recordings will be made of each draw in high definition resolution (minimum 720p) and will be secured in a safe location for a minimum of 30 days following each draw.
  • Winners must agree to the use of their name and photo for publicity purposes by the licensee
  • Winners have up to six months after the date of the draw to claim their prize.  Thereafter it will be donated to a charity approved by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
  • "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.
  • The Rules of Play will be made available to all participants through our website (www.ferguselorarotary.com) and at the draw venue
  • With the approval of AGCO, the published Rules of Play may be updated as the draw takes place, and such will be posted on our website and at the location of the draw.
  • Any concerns or complaints with this process are to be brought to the attention of the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora, P.O. Box 111, Fergus, ON N1M 2W7
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
  • If it is deemed that at any point during the lottery, bona fide members who are conducting and managing the draw cannot ensure the safety of participants, staff, volunteers and the public though every reasonable measure has been taken, those bona fide members will conclude the current lottery on the following Sunday.
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