The pot grows bigger – and the drawdown gets closer – as the jack of spades was picked at Tuesday night’s Queen of Hearts game at the McHenry Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4600.
Sal L. selected card No. 14 and got $10,000. This week’s pot was $4,891,513, and it will roll over next week.
Sr. Vice Cmdr. Ben Keefe said ticket sales were about 10% higher than last week.
“It’s getting closer to the end,” he said.
After this week’s drawing, there is only one more until the drawdown Aug. 27. A drawdown is when the VFW continues to pick cards off the board until the queen of hearts is chosen.
Keefe said the VFW already has been doing a lot to prepare.
The VFW will be selling tickets six days the week of the drawdown, instead of its usual four. They will be selling them Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and then again Tuesday.
In addition, the VFW will limit how many people will be inside the building.
“We’ll have to make plans, [put] port-a-potties outside, little things like that,” Keefe said. He said they were trying to get a tent in case of inclement weather.
“Last year was a little hectic, so we want to make sure we have it under control,” Keefe said, though he added that he doesn’t think it will be as hectic this year.
Abel Arebalo, from Mundelein, said he and his friends “absolutely” will come to the drawdown if it gets to that point.
“We’ll bring a lot more money, too,” he said.
Woodstock resident Renae Thornton came with her husband and baby son.
“It’s exciting to think about what you could do with some money like that,” she said.
If Thornton won, she said she would use the money to help her son go to college and do some “good things” with it in her community.
“[We would] just start something [to] bring some awareness to mental health issues,” she said. “Plus, a little trip to Disney never hurt anybody.”
Thornton has never won in the three years she’s been coming to Queen of Hearts.
“It doesn’t keep me from thinking that I’m going to,” she said.
Tuesday’s drawing leaves 13 cards on the board: 1, 4, 6, 9,10-13, 15-17, 19 and 21.
Queen of Hearts raffle tickets are $5 and sold from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets also are sold from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday before the drawing. They can be brought with cash at the VFW.