Rules of Play

Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora Catch the Ace – Rules of Play

Prizes and Distribution

• Weekly prizes is in relation to the income from same-week ticket sales:

• With exception of the first draw which will have a guaranteed Jackpot of $5000.00(if the ace is caught)

     • 20% will be awarded to the winning ticket holder

     • 30% will be added to a rising Progressive Jackpot.

     • 50% of the net proceeds (less allowable expenses) will go to The Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora for distribution to various charities within the Province of Ontario. Prizes will be allocated each Sunday

• All prizes will be paid by cheque and either mailed to the winner or picked up at the Fergus Legion with suitable photo ID .

Sales and Tickets

• Ticket sales outlets will include the Fergus Legion Branch 275 as well as other outlets in Fergus, Arthur, and Elora and/or outlets in Wellington County as arranged by the licensee utilizing terminal which automatically upload to our online platform. Online sales will cease at 2:45 p.m. each Sunday. Ticket sales for the next week will commence after the draw as soon as feasible at all outlets as determined by the licensee. Each Ticket is the receipt for the Participant and represents one or more Draw Numbers, each of which is entered into the Raffle. Draw Numbers are not eligible for entry into past or future Raffles. There is no limit to the number of Draw Numbers an entrant may purchase for a Raffle, subject to availability. Raffle Tickets are not transferrable. All sales of Tickets are final, and no refunds shall be made under any circumstance. Raffle Ticket purchases are not donations and are not tax deductible.

• To play, ticket purchasers must be over 18 years of age and located within the Province of Ontario. Tickets cannot be purchased on behalf of a person who is under 18 years of age and if the winning ticket holder is under age 18, they will be disqualified from winning and funds will go to a charity. Photo ID may be requested for Proof of Age.

• The name of a real person or a maximum of 2 persons must appear on all tickets. In the case of 2 names on any winning ticket, all prize amounts will be equally divided.

• The licensee reserves the right to limit the number of tickets sold to anyone per weekly draw or refuse ticket sales to anyone.

• Tickets will be valid only for the weekly draw indicated on their ticket.

• All tickets shall be sequentially numbered and dated for each draw date with no duplicate numbers

• Tickets will include space for name, email address, and phone number and the number of the envelope they would like opened if their ticket is drawn, with all information clearly printed. Only the number of the ticket and the envelope chosen will be printed on the ticket, their address and email will be stored in a data base fore retrieval and contact purposes.

• The available/remaining envelope numbers will be prominently displayed in the sales area.

• Tickets are only good for the week they are purchased for.

• The name on the ticket will be deemed the Ticket Holder. Prizes will be awarded to the Ticket Holder

Group Play (In-Person Sales Only)

● Group play is considered more than 2 individuals names on a ticket

● The person in charge of the group (the captain) will print their first name and surname on a ticket followed by the word “captain” in brackets after their surname

● The name of the group should be printed on the back of the ticket

● Any winnings will be paid to the captain of the group. The captain will be the person responsible for the fair and equitable distribution of prize money among the group play members.


• All draws will be held at Fergus Legion Branch 275, 500 Blair St, Fergus, ON every Sunday at 3 p.m.

• Fergus Legion Hours are: Mon. 2 PM to 6 PM Tues. to Thurs. 2 PM to 11 PM Fri. 1 PM to 11 PM Sat. 12 PM to 10 PM Sun 12 PM to 5 PM

• Draws will made for 52 consecutive weeks commencing January 12, 2024

• All aspects of the draw will be video recorded to ensure a record of the stub draw, confirmation of winning stub, selection of the envelope and subsequent destruction of the card in the selected envelope.

• Just prior to the draw, the following will be announced:

• Number of tickets sold that week

• Current week prize amount (20% of current / same-week sales.)

• Catch The Ace accumulated Progressive Jackpot (including 30% of current sales)

• Once all ticket sales have been closed the draw will be electronically generated from a computer and displayed on a large TV screen.

• One winning ticket will be drawn under the supervision of a bona-fide member of the Fergus-Elora Rotary Club. The bona-fide member or the person drawing the ticket will not have a ticket in their name or an interest in any ticket for this draw.

• Once the winning ticket is drawn, the envelope indicated on it will be opened (in clear view of the public) to reveal the enclosed card.

• Only the envelope number stated on the ticket shall be opened.

• In the case that the ticket drawn does not have an envelope selected, the number is illegible or ambiguous, the lowest numbered available envelope will be opened.

• In the case that the envelope selected on the drawn ticket has already been opened, the lowest numbered available envelope will be opened.

• If the Ace of Spades is not revealed in the envelope selected, the ticket holder will be awarded only the 20% of the current weeks' prize.

• In the event the Ace of Spades is revealed in the envelope selected, the winner will be awarded both the current rounds same-week prize amount and the Progressive Jackpot. The event and the license are then concluded

• The selected card/envelope will be destroyed by 2 members of the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora and a log 3 of 4 kept of all destroyed cards.

• Only the envelope number stated on the ticket shall be opened if still available.

• The purchaser of the winning ticket is not required to be in attendance at the draw.

• All winners will be contacted by telephone or in person or email.

• For each round the original deck of 52 cards will be used

• The "deck" (this refers to unselected envelopes/cards) will be secured and locked. This will continue weekly until the Ace of Spades is chosen.

• Once the draw is complete, the non-winning tickets are removed from the draw container and retained in a secured area for a minimum of 30 days. Winning tickets will be retained until 30 days after the conclusion of the license. A new series of tickets will be sold for the next draw date.

Catch the Ace - Draw Preparation

• A standard deck of 52 playing cards will be shuffled face-down, then placed in identical opaque envelopes The sealed envelopes will then be shuffled and randomly numbered from one (1) to fifty-two (52). Each envelopes will be signed on the reverse by 2 members of the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora. The envelopes will then be placed in numerical order in a secure display case (the draw board)

• The entire procedure will be video recorded (minimum , and the recording retained for 1 month after conclusion of the lottery.

• The draw board will be under the care of a member of the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora and will be on display for every draw.

Card Draw Week 52

• If the lottery proceeds until week 52, that is, when there is only one unopened envelope remaining, there is no need for anyone to choose an envelope number as this remaining envelope will contain the Ace of Spades. At that draw, the winning ticket holder will receive the weekly prize of 20% of the weekly ticket sales in addition to the Progressive Jackpot increase of 30% of weekly sales combined with the Progressive Jackpot prize amount to date.. In other words, winner takes all.


• Following the draw, the Winners name, Ticket number, Envelope selected, & Card revealed will be posted: on the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora YouTube Channel .

• Video recordings will be made of each draw in high-definition resolution (minimum 720p) and will be secured in a safe location for a minimum of 30 days following each draw.

• Winners must agree to the use of their name and photo for publicity purposes by the licensee.

• Winners have up to six months after the date of the draw to claim their prize. Thereafter it will be donated to a charity approved by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

• "Please Gamble Responsibly, Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline 1-800-230-3505" shall appear on all tickets.

• The liability of the licensee of this lottery shall be limited to the purchase price of the ticket.

• The Rules of Play will be made available to all participants through our website ( and at the draw venue 

• With the approval of AGCO, the published Rules of Play may be updated as the draw takes place, and such will be posted on our website and at the location of the draw.

• Any concerns or complaints with this process are to be brought to the attention of the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora, P.O. Box 111, Fergus, ON N1M 2W7 Catch the Ace — Special Circumstances:

• If it is deemed that at any point during the lottery, bona fide members who are conducting and managing the draw cannot ensure the safety of participants, staff, volunteers and the public though every reasonable measure has been taken, those bona fide members will conclude the current lottery on the following Sunday.