Pictured here are John and Lorna Steer, who are the second big winners of the Foundation’s Catch the Ace progressive lottery, accepting their prize winnings of $238,727.
From left to right is William Willard – DRDH CFO, Richard Bedard – DRDH President and CEO, Dick Rabishaw – DRDH Board Chair, Chris Doucette – Foundation Executive Director, John and Lorna Steer – lottery winners, Jim Gibson – Foundation Board Member, Tina Shorter – Foundation Board Member, and Leo Buckley – Foundation Board Chair.
On Thursday, October 31, on week 31 of the Deep River and District Hospital Foundation’s Catch the Ace lottery, the elusive Ace of Spades was caught by John Steer of Deep River– who has taken home $238,727. John is the second big winner of the progressive lottery’s jackpot, after a jackpot of $574,584 was awarded to Mark McEachen when he caught the ace after 50 weeks during Draw 2 on February 21 earlier this year.
On Halloween night in Deep River, John’s ticket, one of 10,730 in the drum, was drawn and his prediction that the ace of spades was in envelope 3 proved to be correct. In addition to the weekly prize of over $10,730 ($1 for every ticket sold that week), John also received the progressive jackpot that with the week 31 contribution ($1.50 for every ticket sold) which amounted to $227,997.
The Steer’s, like the McEachen’s, are not planning on rushing to spend their winnings too quickly. John indicated that the couple’s first priority will be to help out their three kids, and then they will be escaping the cold for a little holiday.
The total net revenues received by the Foundation through this amazing lottery are around $1.14 million, which is over 65% of the Focused on You campaign goal to raise $1.75 million for the replacement of Diagnostic Imaging equipment for our Hospital. The new X-ray, portable X-ray, and ultrasound equipment will require a complete renovation in the department which includes upgraded lead lining to meet current requirements, plus added elements to the infrastructure such as HVAC and electrical components. The renovation is scheduled to begin in January and is anticipated to be completed in the early spring of 2020.
Leo Buckley, Chair of the DRDH Foundation, expressed that, “the Catch the Ace lottery has been very successful in helping us to meet this organizational need”. The Foundation would like to extend their sincere thanks to our community that stretches from Stonecliffe to Pembroke for the wonderful support of the Focused on You campaign and the fundraising efforts to replace our Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging equipment.
For those of you who want to play again, the Foundation plans on starting up another round of the Catch the Ace lottery early in the New Year. It is hoped that our communities will continue to buy tickets in support of our local Hospital, and help the Foundation reach the Focused on You campaign goal.