MORRIS – For the fifth straight week by Monday night, the Morris Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6049 Queen of Hearts drawing had no winner for the big pot.
Post Vice Commander Ken Buck drew the name of Diane Wolf, and she had selected the No. 3 to be pulled off the board. The card behind that number was the king of clubs, meaning that Diane won $50.
However, the pot was $860,596 and unclaimed, meaning it will roll over again into next week. Next week's pot will grow to $886,971.
With the number 3 being taken off the board, it joins numbers 11, 24, 28 and 44 as numbers already drawn.
If someone finds the queen of hearts is behind the number they selected, that person will win 70 percent of the pot, with 15 percent going to the VFW and 15 percent going to rekindle the next drawing. If the card pulled is one of the other three queens or one of the two jokers, that person will win five percent of the pot, which would be $44,348 next week.
Tickets for the drawing are $5 each and are sold at the Morris VFW Post 6049 at 309 McKinley St., Morris. Tickets are sold from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and noon to 5 p.m. Mondays.
The VFW will not allow anyone in the building to buy tickets before the time sales begin.
"Ticket sales picked up a little bit this week," Post Commander Jerry Zeborowski said. "The bigger the pot gets, the more tickets we sell. Making it so the winner doesn't have to be present cuts down on the crowds on Monday nights, which is nice because everyone who does come is comfortable. I imagine the sales will keep increasing as the pot gets bigger. That's fine with us. We have been able to make so many improvements to this building because of this."
Zeborowski also announced that the VFW has obtained a one-day license from the City of Morris to hold the drawing the week of Christmas on Tuesday, Dec. 26, because the post will be closed on that Monday for Christmas Day.
The drawing will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, and ticket sales will be from noon to 5 p.m. The post will be open the following week for New Year's Day, when the drawing will be normally scheduled.