Recent Catch The Ace winners ready for rainy day

Saving for a rainy day is a popular plan with recent Catch The Ace winners of Weekly Prizes. St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation has run this popular progressive lottery for several years as it’s a win/win for the community. Weekly and Jackpot winners walk away with a windfall, and everyone in the community benefits because the lottery proceeds go towards purchase of essential equipment at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in Barry’s Bay. At top: SVFHF volunteers/staff remind you that tickets are available online OR in person.

Recent Weekly Winners

Recent winners of Catch The Ace Weekly prizes. Clockwise from top left: Jerome and Shirlee Etmanskie, Dianne Pearce, Fran Hickey, Sandra Lafleur. Scroll down to read their stories as provided by SFVHF, and find out how to get your ticket. (Photos submitted)

Dianne Pearce was playing Scrabble on Thursday afternoon and jokingly asked her daughter if anyone from Catch the Ace had called yet. Dianne is from Owen Sound and was visiting her daughter Nancy, who owns Mountain View Motel just outside of Barry’s Bay. She purchased her ticket at Lorraine’s Pharmasave earlier in the week and had a feeling her ticket would be picked. Like clockwork, the phone rang and Dianne found out that her ticket was pulled in the Week 17 draw. She had hoped to win the jackpot, but was pleasantly surprised to win the $1,328 weekly prize. She chose envelope number 13 because that’s the day her daughter was born. That envelope revealed the Eight of Diamonds! Dianne said the money will help pay for a new television she recently purchased, and she will put the rest away for a rainy day.

Week 18 lucky winner Sandra Lafleur was visiting her husband upstairs at St. Francis Memorial Hospital on Feb. 29 when she got the call that her ticket was picked in the draw that afternoon. She headed downstairs and claimed her prize right away! Sandra, who is from Foymount, purchased her ticket at the Barry’s Bay MacEwen. She said she always tries to support Catch the Ace because the lottery helps purchase critical medical equipment for the hospital. She chose envelope 7 because it is a holy number for her. Although her envelope revealed the Queen of Diamonds, she was excited to go home with the weekly windfall of $1,388 because she’s never won a prize so big! Sandra will be putting the money in the bank and holding on to it for a rainy day. 

Congratulations to St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation’s Week #19 Catch the Ace Lottery winner Fran Hickey who won the weekly prize of $990.00! The ticket was purchased at the CO Country Market. She chose the number 22, after shop owner Sandy suggested the number. Fran changed her mind, and chose number 6 instead. However, she decided to buy another ticket and put down number 22, which is the ticket that was pulled in that Thursday’s draw. Although her card revealed the Four of Clubs, Fran is grateful she bought the ticket because she is now $990.00 richer! She plans on buying a keyboard, something that she hasn`t played in a while. 

Jerome and Shirlee Etmanskie of Barry’s Bay have been supporting St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation’s Catch the Ace lotteries since the beginning. They know the value of local healthcare as Shirlee worked at the Valley Manor for 38 years. Every week, the Etmanskies take turns picking an envelope number. This week, when they were getting their ticket from Lorraine’s Pharmacy, it was Shirlee’s turn. She chose envelope number 36 because it just stood out to her. When their ticket was pulled from the drum and their chosen envelope was opened, they certainly found an Ace – but it was the Ace of Hearts! Although they didn’t find the Ace of Spades and secure the progressive jackpot, the Etmanskies are taking home an amazing weekly prize of $1,536! Shirlee said while they don’t have any immediate plans for the cash, they will tuck it away for a rainy day.

To get your ticket 

Tickets can be purchased online at up until 11:59pm on the Wednesday before the draw or in person before 1 pm on Thursday at the following locations: Round Lake Centre Food Market, Round Lake Country Store, AJ’s Convenience, Killaloe Hardware, Wilno Building Supply, Barry’s Bay MacEwen, the Foundation office, Barry’s Bay Ultramar, Lorraine’s Pharmasave, Barry’s Bay Shell, CO Country Market, The Cottage Cup, Eganville Shell, Conway’s Pharmacy, Village Discount and Variety, Ramona’s Hairstyling,  Whitney Pharmacy and Rainbow Valley Community Health Centre.

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