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Ace jackpot to exceed $600,000

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What would you do with $650,000?  That’s what everyone is talking about when it comes to the River Hill’s Golf and Country Club Chase the Ace jackpot.

As the cards dwindle to four cards left, the jackpot for the Sept. 23 draw has grown to the largest ever in this region.

And as people go to buy their tickets, they share their stories with volunteers on what they would do with the money.

“That is the fun part of doing this,” said Lesa O’Connell, organizer of the Chase the Ace in Clyde River. “Most tell you about their dreams…it’s so uplifting.”

This is also often a subject that comes up at the volunteer meetings that are held as the next Chase the Ace event is organized.

It takes a lot of effort to organize an event of this caliber, said O’Connell.  They have 80 to 100 volunteers stapling tickets, counting them and taking money at locations across Shelburne County.

“You have to stay on your toes,” she added. “But our volunteers are awesome.”

She said when she first applied for the lottery licence she was warned this could by those folks that this could become a full time job.

O’Connell has taken time off work to be able to keep up with the organization of the ace events.

Each week they also try to hold ticket sales and live music at various not-for-profit organizations throughout the county.

The music, organized by O’Connell, used to be booked up to a month ahead but now is being done only one draw ahead as it could be any time now that the ace of spades is drawn.

The money raised for River Hills Golf and Country Club will go towards junior golfers’ development. It hasn’t been decided specifically what that will look like. That will be determined after the Chase the Ace ends.

O’Connell noted it’s not just the grand prize that is changing lives. Although he didn’t pick the ace of spades, the winner of the most recent draw still walked away with nearly $50,000.

“When I congratulated him he cried,” said O’Connell.

Don McCumber, the winner of the last draw, is from Yarmouth and has been a life-long volunteer. He has been the recipient of the Queens Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals.
He also received a commendation from the Minister of Veteran's Affairs for his efforts on behalf of veterans and is leading a fundraiser for a new van through Veteran's Place. He is District E Commander for 14 local legions and a United Way chairman.

Now retired, O’Connell said McCumber told her even though he didn’t win the jackpot this money was still going to make a big difference.

“He gave half the money to his mother,” she said, noting about this fundraiser, “This has been one amazing roller coaster ride.”

For information on ticket sale venues visit the River Hill’s Golf and Country Club Facebook page.

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