“I knew it was our number, I just couldn’t find it in the pile,” Christa Chaulk said with a laugh.
The couple had three sets of tickets — one for themselves, and two were for their separate workplaces.
George Chaulk drew the 9 of spades, and was awarded a consolation prize of $185,014.
The winnings will be split among 11 people who work on the Hebron platform.
“We decided that if the ticket was for my coworkers, I would draw,” Christa said. “But I let him draw since it was for his coworkers.”
The couple, who live in Goulds, have been going to the draws almost every week since the Chase the Ace fundraiser started.
“I was one of the first people here this morning,” George said. “It was definitely worth it.”
Alice Collins was another lucky winner on Wednesday night. She won the 50/50 draw and was awarded a prize of $247,513.
Collins and her sister have been attending the draw since the May 24 weekend, when the jackpot was $122,000.
“I’m still in shock,” Collins said. “I have no idea what I’m going to do with the money.”
Plenty of Chase the Ace attendees spent the day dreaming about what they would do with the winnings.
Evon Janes said she would share her potential jackpot with her 19-year-old daughter.
“I wouldn’t give her any money,” Janes laughed. “But I would buy her whatever she needed.”
Sandra Gosse, originally from St. John’s, has been living in Toronto for the past 18 years. She said she was excited to experience her first Chase the Ace.
“I see my family posting on Facebook every week about Chase the Ace,” Gosse said. “It’s nice to be able to experience this with them.”
“It would be life-changing if I won. There would definitely be some travel involved. It could mean a move back to Newfoundland, who knows.”
Many frequent Chase the Ace goers noted that the lineups were noticeably shorter this week.
For this week’s draw, ticket sales started at 9 a.m. and went straight to 8 p.m. with no breaks.
Organizers also restricted ticket buyers to one transaction per person.
The next draw will take place next Wednesday, Aug. 16.