MORRIS — The card drawn Monday night in the Morris VFW' Post 6049's Queen of Hearts game was the right suit, but not the right value.
Bob Mahalik's name was drawn, and he chose the number 9. When the card behind the number was revealed, it was the two of hearts.
That means that the pot for the Queen of Hearts will be $1,477,960 next week. The drawing is Monday night at 6 p.m. at the Morris VFW, 309 McKinley St. in Morris.
Tickets for the game, which cost $5 each, are sold at the VFW on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from noon until 9 p.m., and Monday from noon until 5 p.m.
Each ticket must have the buyer's name and phone number, as well as a number that they think the queen is behind. The VFW rules state that, "tickets intentionally altered to gain unfair advantage will be disqualified and withheld." This includes any tickets that are folded, creased, dog-eared, wrinkled, crinkled, crumpled, etc. And, as always, no labels.
If the ticket drawn chooses the queen of hearts, the winner will receive 70 percent of the pot, with 15 percent going to the VFW and 15 percent toward starting the next pot. If one of the other three queens or two jokers are chosen, the owner of the ticket will receive five percent of the pot. All winnings are subject to federal and state taxes.
The Morris VFW has put a cap of $1.5 million on the pot. When it reaches that amount, the VFW will announced that there will be a drawdown, meaning that tickets will be drawn until the queen of hearts is found.