© Jonathan Riley
The Digby and Area Minor Hockey Association hopes to use the money it raises from weekly Chase the Ace draws to reduce the cost of registration next year.
Chase the Ace is coming to Digby.
The Digby and Area Minor Hockey Association received word this week that the Nova Scotia Gaming Association approved their application to run the new-fangled version of a 50/50 draw.
“They have stopped accepting applications for Chase the Ace,” said Digby minor hockey president Jonathan Ettinger. “They have had so many applications they had a whole section working on just this and we were one of the last ones they approved.”
The fundraiser became popular in Nova Scotia after the Legion and minor baseball association in Noel, Hants County raised over $200,000 in nine months.
The draw is like a 50/50 except it’s more like a 20/30/50.
Everyone buys tickets and the organizers take 50 per cent.
Then organizers draw out a number and the winner gets 20 per cent.
But the winner also gets a chance to cut a deck of playing cards. If they get the ace of spades, then they take the other 30 per cent.
If the winner doesn’t draw the ace of spades, then that 30 per cent goes into the pot for the next week.
The drawn card is removed from the deck and so the chances of winning go up – as do the amount of money to be won. Which in turn entices more people to play, which puts more money into the pot.
The Digby and Area Minor Hockey Association wants to put their take towards the cost of player registration next year.
“If we raise $40,000, then registration is half off next year,” says Ettinger. “If we raise $80,000 then registration is free.”
Ettinger says the cost of hockey is keeping kids from joining.
Registration for first year players is free except for the insurance fee of about $100. For other players it ranges between $400 and $600.
“By the time you buy equipment, it’s easily $1,000 to play hockey,” says Ettinger. “Our goal is to bring that price down and get more kids playing.”
The association does have extra gear to help equip new players and players can join at any time.
Ettinger says minor hockey has 115 players registered right now and would love to see 150.
Chase the Ace starts this Friday, Dec. 13 at the Digby Arena and will go every Friday until someone draws the Ace of Spade.
The tickets go on sale for $5 at 6 p.m. until 7:45 p.m. when the association will draw the number and then let the winner cut the deck.
“I hope it goes all 52 weeks,” says Ettinger.