Queen of Hearts sales stagnant

Ticket sales still less than expected for second week of VFW raffle

For the second week in a row, ticket sales for McHenry Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4600’s Queen of Hearts raffle remained at about 30,000, Senior Vice Cmdr. Ben Keefe said.

Keefe said he was wondering whether the word has gotten out that half of a multimillion-dollar pot is up for grabs.

Although this year’s sales seem like a low turnout compared with the hundreds of thousands of tickets that were being sold toward the end of last year’s drawing, Tuesday’s drawing added about $150,000 to a pot that is approaching $4 million and still anyone’s to win.

“We’ll take what we can get,” Keefe said.

On Tuesday, the winning ticket-holder selected the king of hearts out of a deck of 22 cards, which won her $15,000.

If a 10 is drawn, the ticket holder will receive $5,000. Jacks will be worth $10,000 to the ticket-holder, kings will be worth $15,000, aces will be worth $20,000, the three queens other than the queen of hearts will be worth $25,000, and the jokers will be worth $30,000.

If the queen of hearts is picked, the ticket-holder will receive 50% of the jackpot, 40% will go to the VFW and veterans programs, and 10% will build the next pot.

Under a new city ordinance, the game must finish by July 30. In accordance with this new ordinance, the maximum individual payout for the game will be $3 million, allowing for a maximum jackpot of $6 million.

Keefe said the VFW will be closed on the Fourth of July but will be open for Queen of Hearts ticket sales from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets also are sold from 9 a.m. to
7:30 p.m. Tuesday before the drawing.

Tickets are $5 apiece and can only be bought with cash.

Before Tuesday’s Queen of Hearts drawing, Patty Nichols of Crystal Lake managed to hold two of the three winning tickets of the VFW’s 50/50 raffle. Each ticket won her $476.

Nichols said she bought $10 worth of tickets when she first arrived but wanted to make sure she got one of the last tickets sold, which ended up being the first ticket that was called.

Nichols said that she started coming to the VFW last year, when the Queen of Hearts pot was at about $40,000, and has made the event a family outing.

“The whole family comes and we just make an evening of it,” Nichols said. “We just enjoy each other’s company.”

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