Catch the Ace big winner captures $30,000

Tisa Polojko’s winning Catch the Ace ticket with the ace that earned her $30,000.

New game just 10 weeks so prize increases more quickly

LITTLE CURRENT—After 20 weeks, the Little Current Lions Club progressive draw Catch the Ace came to a close with Tisa Polojko of Espanola being named the winner of the $30,000 cash prize.

“I was very surprised,” Ms. Polojko told The Expositor. “I never win anything.”

Ms. Polojko said she was watching the livestream of the draw on Facebook, but never expected to have her name drawn.

“I was doing stuff around the house and had it (the livestream) on and my husband Craig told me to turn it off because ‘you never win anyways’,” said Ms. Polojko. “But I left it on and as it got down to the final cards and they drew my name I was really excited. Then I caught the ace and we were just so excited.”

Ms. Polojko works at the Manitoulin Health Centre in Little Current as a lab technologist and had been buying tickets weekly from Little Current Lion Beth Draper, who also works at the hospital, since Catch the Ace first started in Little Current.

“I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the money yet,” said Ms. Polojko. “We recently did some renovations so I’m going to pay that off. I’m just sitting on it right now, but maybe a trip this winter. I’ve also been looking at buying a snowmobile the last couple winters, so maybe I will now.”

It was a suspenseful evening with Tyler Dunn’s name being drawn first, earning him the $2,395 cash prize. Unfortunately the first envelope contained the Jack of Spades. As the envelopes narrowed on the search for the Ace of Spades, Ms. Polojko’s name was the 29th to be drawn and the next envelope in line, number 45, was the lucky one and contained the sought after card, earning her the grand prize.

“I wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has been buying tickets,” said Lion Mike Dubreuil at last Wednesday’s draw. “We appreciate your support. Whether you win or not tonight, we are all winners because all the money raised through the draw goes back into the community.”

The next Catch the Ace game has started, with tickets on sale now across the Island and the draw scheduled for Wednesday, October 11.

New this round, 20,000 tickets will be on sale in a 10-week period. This means that 2,000 tickets will be printed for each draw. Any unsold tickets from previous draws may be carried over to subsequent draws but the sales shall not exceed the weekly limit plus carry over count.

Also new this draw, the ticket purchaser is responsible for checking their ticket(s) at the time of purchase to ensure information is legible and their envelope number selected is available.

In the case when an envelope number selected is not available, or no envelope number is chosen or is legible, the lowest available envelope number remaining on the board will be selected and opened on behalf of the ticket holder.

Draws will continue to be held on Wednesday evening at 8 pm at the Little Current Royal Canadian Legion Branch #177.

Limited tickets will be available for purchase immediately following the draw at the Legion.

Ticket sales will begin each Thursday at the following locations while quantities last: The Manitoulin Expositor Office in Little Current, Luc’s Restaurant on Highway 6 in Little Current, Hair and Nails 2000 on Water Street in Little Current, The Manitoulin Recorder Office at 37 Meredith Street in Gore Bay, the Rock and Rail Gift Shop in Mindemoya, The Manitowaning Guardian Pharmacy, and individual Little Current Lion ticket sellers.

For the full list of rules, please see the posted rules and regulations sheet at any of the locations that tickets are sold.