The five hospital foundations that fundraise for Grey Bruce Health Services are joining forces to host the popular Catch the Ace lottery in support of a new MRI for the Owen Sound Regional Hospital.
Catch the Ace GBHS lottery tickets went on sale Thursday, July 26, with the first draw taking place Thursday, August 2 at 10 a.m. at the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation. The progressive jackpot grows with respect to how many tickets are sold and how long the lottery lasts. Catch the Ace GBHS will jump-start the five foundations’ initiative to raise $4.7 million for a new MRI machine.
Here’s how the lottery works.
In the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation office, there are 52 playing cards individually sealed in manila envelopes. These envelopes are numbered from 1 through 52 and will be on display in the Foundation office at the Owen Sound Regional Hospital. Nobody knows which envelope contains the Ace of Spades – until the lucky winner catches it.
Tickets can be purchased for $5 each. When a ticket is purchased, on the stub you’ll be asked to pre-select an envelope number. The lucky weekly winner wins 20% of that week’s ticket revenues and the numbered envelope selected on your ticket will be opened to reveal a card. If the card is not the Ace of Spades, the card is destroyed and the lottery continues for another week. If the card is the Ace of Spades, you win the progressive jackpot as well. The progressive jackpot grows each week with 30% of weekly ticket sales revenue being added in.
“The whole community can follow along to see if and when the Ace of Spades is caught. As the lottery progresses the jackpot will grow and things may get very exciting,” said Brian Shannon, chair of the Five Foundations Committee. “This lottery is a great way to have some fun, and raise money for the new MRI.”
The MRI in the Owen Sound Regional Hospital is used over 10,000 times per year on patients from across Grey and Bruce to diagnose a range of medical conditions. Tests done with the next generation of MRI technology will be faster, quieter, and more comfortable for patients, and will provide physicians with high quality images to aid in an accurate diagnosis.
“The MRI is a critical piece of diagnostic equipment, and for many patients, test results from an MRI help save lives,” said Dr. Colin McIver, Chief of Radiology. “Whether it’s a broken bone, or a severe brain injury, we want to provide patients with the best technology available, and we are very pleased that the Foundations are helping make this possible.”
Catch the Ace tickets can be purchased at the following hospital foundation offices: Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation, Meaford Hospital Foundation, Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation at the Wiarton hospital, and Centre Grey Hospital Foundation at the Markdale hospital. For a list of other locations selling tickets, visit and follow @CatchTheAceGBHS on Facebook and Twitter. Live stream and/or video recordings will be posted to the social media pages.
Ticket purchasers must be 18 or over to participate. For more information visit www.gbhsmri.ca or contact your local hospital foundation:
Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation 519-534-5856
Centre Grey Hospital Foundation 519-986-3040
Meaford Hospital Foundation 519-538-1311 ext. 4208
Owen Sound Hospital Foundation 519-372-3925
Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation 519-797-3230 ext. 3230
A.G.C.O. Licence #9997 has been issued to Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation.