Wednesday night was Labour-Mitchell’s first time at the St. Kevin’s Parish Chase the Ace draw.
She picked the King of Clubs, and went home with the consolation prize of $262,294.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Labour-Mitchell. “This money is going to be a big help.”
Labour-Mitchell, of Grand Le Pierre, will be split the prize with two other friends from her community.
Judy Moss of Torbay was another lucky winner on Wednesday night, taking home a whopping $348,095 from the 50/50 draw.
Moss has been coming to the Goulds for the draws for the past 14 weeks.
The winnings will be shared with her husband, Jim Connolly, and her daughter and son-in-law, Chelsea and Ryan Cooper.
“My daughter and son-in-law got married two weeks ago,” said Moss. “I’m picking them up at the airport on Monday, after their honeymoon. They’re going to be so excited.”
Moss was in her car on Petty Harbour Road when she realized she had the winning 50/50 ticket.
“I started beeping my horn, and everybody got out of the way and started cheering us on,” said Moss. “It was amazing.”
Next Wednesday — Aug. 30 — will be the final St. Kevin’s Parish Chase the Ace draw.
Spokeswoman Carol O’Brien told the crowd the exit strategy for next week’s draw.
The 50/50 draw will remain the same.
If the ace is picked during the first draw, the player will receive the consolation prize plus the jackpot as usual.
If the first person to draw does not pick the ace, they will get the full consolation prize, as usual.
O’Brien will then pick additional tickets from the Chase the Ace draw until the ace of spades is picked.
Each consolation prize will then be $25,000, until the ace of spades is picked.
The player to pick the ace will then win the jackpot only.
Many in the crowd seemed to support this decision, but others expressed their disappointment.
“It’s not right,” said Mary of the Goulds. “I’ve been here from Day 1. Right now, the consolation prize is almost $300,000. To put it down to $25,000 is unfair.”
“I hope other people speak up as well and this changes,” she said. “I won’t be supporting the parish if it stays this way.”
Mary chose not to give her last name.
Chase the ace is not done yet
Meet this week’s winners
The King of Clubs was picked by Julie Labour-Mitchell of Grand Le Pierre earlier tonight (Wednesday).
Labour-Mitchell took home the consolation prize of $262,294.
Judy Moss was the lucky winner of the 50/50 draw, winning $348,095, which will be shared with her husband, daughter and son-in-law.
The final draw will take place next Wednesday, Aug. 30.
If the first winner doesn't pick the ace of spades, they will go home with the consolation prize, and there will be a second draw.
Every person after will receive a consolation prize of $25,000, until the ace is picked.