September 19, 2013 7:38 pm
Updated: September 20, 2013 7:59 am

Local veterans club jackpot hits $80,000

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WINNIPEG — A card game created a lineup almost two blocks long at the Rockwood Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans club Thursday.

It’s called “chase the king of clubs” and people have been trying to catch him every week for the past year.

In 53 tries, no one has.

“This is the longest we’ve ever gone,” said Rosie Towers, one of the organizers. “There’s one card left and whoever’s card is drawn is the automatic winner.”

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Normally a king of clubs isn’t worth much unless he’s lined up in a royal flush, but this card racked up $167,000 in ticket sales in the past year and Thursday’s winner will walk away with an estimated $80,000 jackpot.

“We have set a record here in Manitoba which is great. Rockwood is on the map, we’re proud of that,” said Towers.

Heather Mulvaney was first in line outside the legion at 7 a.m. Thursday, but before long, more than 700 others joined her.

Everyone was hoping they’d get a chance to flip the winning card and pocket the biggest veterans club jackpot in Manitoba’s history.

“I knew this was going to happen. I figured people might even be camping here last night so I was a little worried,” Mulvaney told Global News just before going in the doors.

After waiting hours, only 600 people got through the doors before the club hit capacity.

Many were left standing outside, hoping for the a chance to play again when the game starts next week.

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