Big step toward return of Chase the Ace

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Les Ring, left, the winner of Hay River’s first Chase the Ace lottery in November of 2016, looks on as Glenn Smith, the lottery organizer for the Hay River Curling Club, shows the winning ace to the crowd. Ring drew the ace of spades from 10 cards remaining in a deck to win $511,034, when the jackpot and weekly prize were combined.

A major step has been taken that will soon see the return of Chase the Ace to Hay River.

On July 25, town council unanimously approved a bylaw to regulate the lottery, which was a massive hit when first run in Hay River last year.

That Chase the Ace ended in November.

It has not been held since as the Town of Hay River worked on the bylaw.

“The reason why we felt that it was needed is because pretty well everywhere else in Canada there’s a separate bylaw for the Chase the Ace because you are talking about a large pot of funds that could be raised, and our town needed to get up to speed and make sure that there’s no liability or issues with the groups to host it,” said Mayor Brad Mapes.

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