After months of wondering who the winner would be in a drawn-out game of Chase the Ace, Flandreau finally has an answer.
Tom Hansen, a local business owner had his ticket drawn last Thursday. Hansen himself was away, running the concession stand at Flandreau City Park. An employee of his, Norman Hurt, however, chose the winning card for his boss.
Hansen and the Team of Angels, the Moody County-based nonprofit that the fundraiser was held for, ultimately each walked away with $32,475. The organization each year hosts a Chase the Ace event to help assist Moody County area families facing major medical events. Team of Angels provides reimbursement of $.35 per mile for travel to and from appointments, up to $750 each year.
Few ever expected the jackpot to get to where it did. Crowds grew each week as a result, and over the past couple of months, excited ticket holders spilled over onto the street and neighboring sidewalks.
Mike Witte, a committee member for the organization, said that it was a great run, and they’re happy for Hansen. But they all plan to take a break while they decide when and where they may do it again. The organization, in the meantime, has a golf outing fundraiser scheduled for July 16th at River’s Bend Country Club.