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The wildly popular Catch the Ace Almonte progressive lottery, which was launched in January 2021, raised more than $45,000 for the Almonte Legion, Branch 240, and the Almonte General Hospital Fairview Manor Foundation.

“These funds couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Branch 240 President Rob Madore. “As a result of the pandemic, we’ve been closed for almost 18 months but these funds are allowing us to still provide support to veterans and youth, and put on community programs.”

“We will be purchasing equipment for the Hospital and Manor,” said Foundation Vice Chair Julie Munro. “This year, on top of raising funds for our CT scan campaign, we are hoping to raise enough money to purchase urgently needed pieces of equipment like specialized mattresses, defibrillators, shower chairs and specialized stretchers. Buying tickets makes a difference for our patients and residents.”

The 1st Catch the Ace Almonte ran 26 weeks until the Ace of Spades was caught by Zach Borutski, who won over $58,000.

Catch the Ace Almonte 2.0 launched two weeks ago, but this time with a major new twist – a guaranteed Progressive Jackpot of $9,999. Ticket buyers in the first weeks can win close to $10K, if they catch the ace of spades, even though the progressive jackpot has yet to build up.

Tickets, only available at:, are three for $10, ten for $20, or 50 for $50. Draws are held each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. live on Facebook @branch240. The holder of the weekly winning number will take home the weekly prize plus is eligible to win the progressive Jack Pot if the envelope they chose contains the illusive Ace of Spades. If the Ace isn’t caught, the weekly pot is reset and the Lottery starts all over again with the Jack Pot progressively growing larger (guaranteed $9,999). Tickets must be purchased on a weekly basis to be eligible to win.

Net proceeds from Catch the Ace Almonte will be shared equally by the Legion and the Hospital and Manor Foundation supporting Legion programs and services and funding new clinical equipment at the Hospital and Manor. Lottery license # RAF1199797