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Chase the Ace in Trenton closing in on $200,000

The Chase the Ace jackpot in Trenton is likely to exceed $200,000 this weekend.
The Chase the Ace jackpot in Trenton is likely to exceed $200,000 this weekend. - Kevin Adshade

TRENTON – 
The jackpot’s climbing and so is the anticipation.
The Chase to Ace event at Trenton rink a fundraiser for the Royal Canadian Legion in Trenton and the town’s fire department, will be worth a guaranteed $195,129.50, and will probably grow beyond $200,000 after tickets for the July 21 draw are sold.
Chase the Ace will be at the RCL Br. 29 and at the Trenton rink, starting at 1:30 p.m. at both venues. Ticket sales will cease at 4 p.m., with the draw held shortly after.
“We’re going into week 46 and there are seven cards left,” co-organizer Steve Cotter says of the event, which has been going on since August of 2018. 
“It’s getting close. This week, the take-home will be somewhere in the vicinity of $220,000, if the ace of spades is drawn. There’s people coming up every week– from Antigonish, Timberlea, Cape Breton – now that the (jackpot amount) is getting up there.”
Over the three years that Chase the Ace has been held for the fire department and Legion – this is the third go-round for the Chase the Ace – the TFD has used proceeds to pay off the purchase of a fire truck, acquire the Jaws of Life and do repairs to the fire hall on Main Street.
The Legion has used its share of the money to get a new roof, a new heating system and to some interior upgrades.
HOW IT WORKS:
• Each week, people buy tickets from local stores, as well as on-site ticket sellers.
They all go into a barrel, and the person’s whose ticket is drawn chooses one card from a standard deck of playing cards. 
• If the ace is drawn, they win the jackpot. If not, that person gets 20 percent of that week’s proceeds, while 30 per cent goes into the jackpot and the fire department and legion splits the remaining 50 per cent (after expenses).

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