The ace of spades has been found.
After 21 weeks of searching as the prize pot grew, Kevin Low was the lucky winner of the local abattoir’s “Catch the Ace” fundraising lottery.
The cumulative prize pot, added to the weekly draw winnings, totalled around $13,300 for the Emo resident.
Low was lucky enough to have his ticket pulled for the weekly draw made Friday night at the Emo Legion.
Then as envelope #20 was opened by organizer Steve Loshaw, it was revealed that Low had chosen the one containing the ace of spades.
This meant Low also received the cumulative pot that had grown to close to $12,700 over the 21 weeks.
Each week, 20 percent of the tickets sales go to the winner of the weekly draw, with 30 percent being put into the cumulative pot.
The other 50 percent is the money raised for the support of youth-centered agriculture education and programs in the district.
The nearly five-month run actually was the second “Catch the Ace” fundraiser for the Rainy River District Regional Abattoir after the first one ended relatively quickly back in May.
The first ace of spades was pulled after only three weeks for a total win of $2,095 going to Linda Plumridge of Fort Frances.
The short duration prompted the committee to re-apply for a lottery licence and try it again.
Although this one lasted quite a bit longer, organizers have said they will continue the “Catch the Ace” fundraiser for another run beginning as soon as they obtain another lottery licence.
The committee wants to continue to build on the participation and the success the draw was receiving as the progressive pot grew with each passing week.
It also wants to build on the momentum that forced the printing more and more tickets in the later weeks to avoid selling out too quickly.