GARRETTSVILLE, Ohio (WYTV) – The Queen of Hearts game became a local sensation last year at Barry Dyngles in Austintown. That jackpot was $1.8 million.
The game is back again, but this time just west of Trumbull County, at SkyLane Bowling in Garrettsville.
The jackpot Sunday night was just over $780,000, and it will continue to grow because the Queen of Hearts did not show her face again Sunday night, to the crowd’s relief.
The King of Hearts was pulled on the 47th straight week of the drawing, but the owner of the ticket pulled wasn’t in the crowd.
Around 5,000 people filled Skylane’s parking lot, people from all over coming in packed buses.
SkyLane’s owner Aaron King said he’s had to hire more people to handle it all. And the huge crowd size is something he’s never imagined.
“No, no. Not in my wildest dreams. It’s been just so lucky on our part, to have something like this happen,” King said.
People from across the Valley weren’t afraid to shell out some cash on tickets.
“I bought $120 worth of tickets,” said John Granny of Howland.
Despite no one winning the jackpot, the people at SkyLane already spent the money, in their mind’s at least.
“I’m getting a brand new driveway,” said Denise Schultey-Haddle of Coitsville.
“I’ll probably go on vacation for sure,” said John Carney of Poland.
Many people said they’ll keep playing until the Queen of Hearts is revealed.
The 50/50 raffle is also a big hit during the Queen of Hearts drawing at SkyLane. Half the pot goes to the winner, while the other half goes to a different charity each week. In total, SkyLane has donated over $100,000 so far.