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New game draws cash for two Queens County groups

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LIVERPOOL - A new game in Queens is helping support both the Liverpool Curling Club and the Liverpool Privateer Junior B hockey team.

A toonie draw is being held every week with all of the proceeds being split between the two groups.

 “We applied for a license to do it and so did the curling club,” says Jim Bottomley, owner of the Liverpool Privateers.

 Bottomley says the groups are looking at doing the draw long terms after seeing a successful toonie draw in Amherst grow to around $80,000 last Christmas.

 Bottomley says the hockey team needs the funds for things like travel.

“Most of our players are coming from away so it’s expensive to bring them in from Halifax… travel is expensive, just the normal operations of the hockey club too,” he says.

 The curling club has also been working hard at fundraising, particularly over the past couple years. The club is currently saving up to replace their 25-year-old roof.

 How it works

 Anyone looking to play must be over 19 years old. They can register at various venues in Liverpool and the draw is done every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Queens Place Emera Centre.

 In order to play a toonie, you must register – registration ballots are attached to the draw boxes. After registering, you take the number from your ballot and write it on a sticker. That sticker is then placed on a toonie, which is then put in the box.

 For each subsequent toonie you play, you receive another number. You don’t have to play every week but all numbers are entered into the draw regardless. If your number is drawn and you haven’t played that week, the prize gets carried over to the following week and added to the pot.

 Half of the prize money goes to the winner of the draw and the other half is split between the curling club and the hockey team.

A toonie draw is being held every week with all of the proceeds being split between the two groups.

 “We applied for a license to do it and so did the curling club,” says Jim Bottomley, owner of the Liverpool Privateers.

 Bottomley says the groups are looking at doing the draw long terms after seeing a successful toonie draw in Amherst grow to around $80,000 last Christmas.

 Bottomley says the hockey team needs the funds for things like travel.

“Most of our players are coming from away so it’s expensive to bring them in from Halifax… travel is expensive, just the normal operations of the hockey club too,” he says.

 The curling club has also been working hard at fundraising, particularly over the past couple years. The club is currently saving up to replace their 25-year-old roof.

 How it works

 Anyone looking to play must be over 19 years old. They can register at various venues in Liverpool and the draw is done every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Queens Place Emera Centre.

 In order to play a toonie, you must register – registration ballots are attached to the draw boxes. After registering, you take the number from your ballot and write it on a sticker. That sticker is then placed on a toonie, which is then put in the box.

 For each subsequent toonie you play, you receive another number. You don’t have to play every week but all numbers are entered into the draw regardless. If your number is drawn and you haven’t played that week, the prize gets carried over to the following week and added to the pot.

 Half of the prize money goes to the winner of the draw and the other half is split between the curling club and the hockey team.

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