Sydney Chase the Ace jackpot climbs to $430K
Organizers say more that $260,000 worth of tickets were sold at last week's event
Is someone in Cape Breton feeling lucky today?
The excitement is building around Sydney's Chase the Ace as the number of cards remaining in the deck stands at only 13.
This week's jackpot is estimated to reach $430,000 and Stephen Tobin, the business development manager for the Horizon Achievement Centre, says the freezing weather hasn't impacted ticket sales at the event.
"We anticipate thousands of people will take part. Last week we sold over $260,000 worth of tickets so this week we anticipate to sell even more than that," he said.
To help organizers deal with the growing crowds, last week two additional ticket sale locations were added and organizers began livestreaming the event online, which is projected on 3.6-metre screens on all six ticket sale locations.
Tobin says last week, they had over 9,000 people tuning in to watch the event from home.
The money raised from Sydney's Chase the Ace will be shared between the Ashby legion and the Horizon Achievement Centre, an organization that provides training and employment services for adults with mental disabilities.
Tobin says he has mixed emotions as to whether or not he's ready to see the ace being pulled.
"Of course you're looking for someone to be the lucky winner, but on the other hand it's a great opportunity for us to raise funds for our organization and raise the exposure of our organization," he said.
"We hope that it doesn't go, but on the other hand, we're looking forward to someone getting at life-changing prize."
Tickets are on sale today between 2 and 5:30 p.m., with the final draw happening at 6:30 p.m.