MORRIS – Anxiety filled a room with very few people in attendance for the chance to win $758,466 during the Queen of Hearts drawing held at the Morris VFW Monday night.
After Jim Maskel, Queen of Hearts organizer, rolled up his sleeve to show no hidden tickets he dove in and came out with the name of Todd Lyle, whose ticket was drawn and whose card choice was number 44, which revealed a heart, but it was the five not the queen.
The five of hearts still is good for $50, which isn’t a bad return on a $5 investment.
Before the game, a group of ladies sat against the wall awaiting the drawing of the number.
“I played last time so I wanted to see what it would be worth,” Jackie Jones, who doesn’t live in Morris but would not disclose her hometown said. “I was here with two friends so I thought I’d come back.”
A couple seats down sat Morris resident Barbara Janoski who thought for a moment when asked what the first thing she’d do with the money if she won.
“I’d buy a new car,” she said. “I’ve always liked Cadillacs but I think this would be a GMC”
She said the Toyota she drives now she won, so having the money to pick out her own would be nice.
The board filled with all the cards bought from a licensed dealer, Maskel said, and he announced before the raffle that from what they’ve heard they are the only Queen of Hearts game to go all the way to the end.
“From what we understand it’s never happened before,” Maskel said
Tickets for the next drawing willing go on sale on Tuesday and all tickets purchased for tonight’s drawing will go in the garbage, starting the drawing all over again.
The VFW will have a prize amount by the time tickets go on sale Tuesday. At $1.5 million they will halt sales and hold a draw-down regardless of what week they reach that number.