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Still chasing the Ace in St. John's

Jason Wood of St. John’s, a firefighter with the St. John’s Regional Fire Department, drew the Ace of Diamonds and took home a comfortable consolation prize of  $210,107 Wednesday night at the St. Kevin’s Parish Chase the Ace draw in Goulds. Had he drawn the Ace of Spades, his jackpot would have been $1,555,676.
Jason Wood of St. John’s, a firefighter with the St. John’s Regional Fire Department, drew the Ace of Diamonds and took home a comfortable consolation prize of $210,107 Wednesday night at the St. Kevin’s Parish Chase the Ace draw in Goulds. Had he drawn the Ace of Spades, his jackpot would have been $1,555,676.

“I’m just so happy,” said Jason Wood. “I can’t believe it.”  

Mark Mallay and Chloe Cheeseman with the cheque for the 50/50 prize at the St. Kevin's Chase the Ace draw in St. John's Wednesday. Mallay was collecting the 50/50 prize, $282,157, for his mother.

Wood drew the ace of diamonds in Wednesday night’s Chase the Ace draw, going home with the consolation prize of $210,107.

Wood, his wife, and two young children were sitting in their car on Ruby Line, when they realized they had the winning number.

Yvonne and Greg Cullihall of C.B.S. came prepared for the rain at St. Kevin’s Parish, Chase the Ace Wednesday.

“We didn’t think we had a chance,” said Wood. “But the kids kept saying ‘you never know.’”

Wood told The Telegram he got out of the car, and started running as fast as he could.

“While I was running, I saw my friend Paul, and he gave me his mountain bike,” said Wood. “So then I started going cracked on the bike, yelling that I had the number.”

Wood is a fire fighter with St. John’s Regional Fire Department.

Hoping to cash in on Wednesday night’s Chase the Ace and 50/50 draws were St. John’s residents and friends Avalon Fowler and Kelly Pomeroy show the $200-worth of tickets they picked up for a sheet metal workers work group and other friends.

“I told my son Jacob, that if we win I’ll buy him a four-wheeler,” said Wood. “He’s got me drove nuts for it.”

“This money means that my wife can be a stay at home mom for a little longer,” said Wood. “And not have to go back to work so soon.”

Mark Mallay was the 50/50 winner of the night, going home with $282,157.

He told The Telegram that the ticket belonged to his mother, who only purchased $10 worth.

13-year-old Lucas Dwyer of Goulds is also going home with some cash — but he’s not keeping it for himself.

“Get your ice-cold water for only $1,” yelled Lucas as people lined up to buy their tickets.

People line up outside St. Kevin’s Parish Hall in Goulds to buy their Chase the Ace tickets Wednesday. The crowds will be back to try their luck again next Wednesday.

By early afternoon on Wednesday, Lucas had already raised $70, for the Janeway Hospital.  

“There are kids that need help, and kids that are suffering, from cancer and all other illnesses,” said Lucas. “I just want to help them.”

“Nevaeh Denine inspired me to do this,” said Lucas. “She’s suffering from cancer. It’s incredible to see how that little girl pushes through every day.”

13-year-old Lucas Dwyer of Goulds sells water to the crowds lined up Wednesday in Goulds to buy their Chase the Ace tickets. Lucas raised $70 for the Janeway with his sales.

A medical emergency delayed Wednesday nights draw for around 15 minutes.

If the ace of spades had been picked, the prize awarded would have been over $1.7 million.

Nine cards remain for next week’s Chase the Ace draw in Goulds.

beth.penney@thetelegram.com

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