A massively popular Canadian East Coast lottery called ‘Chase the Ace’ has had jackpot hopefuls lined up around the block(s) for quite a while now, but today the lottery was called off after officials learned that duplicate tickets had been printed.
For those of who’ve never even heard of this lottery, what’s the big deal?
Like most lotteries, a ticket number is drawn; the holder of that winning ticket then draws a card from a full deck of 52 playing cards. The ‘Ace’ being chased is the Ace of Spades; if it’s drawn, the ticket holder gets the jackpot. If another card comes out of the deck, more tickets are sold, the jackpot goes up, and the following week another winning number is drawn, and so on. Last year’s $2.9 million winner planned to donate to Fort McMurray fire victims.
The 2017 version is a fundraiser for St. Kevin’s Parish in Goulds, NL. The game has been playing since last October, there are only twelve cards left in the deck, and the current jackpot is almost one million dollars.
Lineups to buy tickets have been massive!
A new perspective on Chase the Ace: pic.twitter.com/YKZBPlsm82
— Anthony Germain (@AnthonyGermain) July 20, 2017
Why was it called off? Can they DO that?
There are multiple ticket holders with duplicate numbers, and The Print Shop’s owner Tony Burke blames a glitch in the printer’s programming.
With most lotteries, multiple winning tickets simply means a split jackpot – but ‘Chase The Ace’ winners draw a card from the deck; clearly there can only be one winner each time, and there are not supposed to be duplicate ticket numbers printed.
You can tell the true character of a person by how they handle slow internet, tangled Christmas lights, and #ChaseTheAce cancellation.
— Wendy Monk (@wmonk11) July 19, 2017
— Lee Stewart (@PhotoshopLee) July 19, 2017
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Here’s the official statement on the lottery’s postponement: