Drawdown will begin at 8 p.m. on Tuesday
The McHenry Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4600 (3002 Route 120 in McHenry) Queen of Hearts game has reached its final day and the pot sits at $5.48 million.
That means that there will be a drawdown starting at 8 p.m. on Tuesday night where a winner of the final prize of up to $2.74 million will be determined.
The McHenry Police issued a warning Tuesday morning to avoid the area of Route 120 where the drawing will take place due to increased traffic.
McHenry Mayor Wayne Jett is scheduled to again pull the winning tickets out of the bin on drawdown night. Wristbands were handed out already for those who will be allowed in the building and the Northwest Herald will show the drawing live on its Facebook page at http://Facebook.com/nwherald.
The drawing will begin at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. You do not have to be present to win. The $5 tickets to play the game are currently on sale at the VFW.
Tickets will be sold from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday before the drawing. Tickets must be filled out and in the bin by 7:30. Tickets can be purchased with cash only, no coins.
The Queen of Hearts raffle is a game where playing cards are placed in individually numbered envelopes and put on a board. People buy raffle tickets for a chance to guess which envelope holds the queen of hearts.
Envelopes 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, and 21 remain on the board.
When someone buys a ticket, they must then write their name, phone number and the numbered card they are selecting from the 12 options remaining on the board. Labels and stickers are allowed if they do not exceed the size of the ticket. The 12 remaining cards are 10s, jacks, kings, aces, queens and jokers.
This round started with 22 cards to shorten the raffle. The pot is at $5,476,041.
The person who wins the Queen of Hearts will be awarded 50% of the remaining pot when the game ends. In addition, 40% of the pot will go to the VFW and 10% will be used to start the next round.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, ticket sales will stop. All tickets will be placed in the bin. Then one ticket is pulled from the bin.
After carefully checking that the ticket was purchased that week, the cardholder's first name and last initial are announced along with the envelope number that was selected on the ticket.
The corresponding envelope from the display case near the bar is then pulled and carried to the front of the drawing. The envelope is then opened and the card inside is revealed. If the Queen of Hearts is pulled right away on Tuesday, the winner would receive $2,738,020.50 before taxes.
Otherwise, another card will be pulled and the prize money awarded will be subtracted from the pot before moving on.
After a ticket with a particular number on it is pulled, no further prizes will be awarded for tickets pulled with that number. Tickets will then be pulled until one with a new number is pulled.
That card will then be pulled from the board and the card will be revealed. The process will repeat itself until the queen of hearts is revealed.
If a joker is pulled, the prize is $30,000. For any of the three other queens, it's $25,000. For aces, it's $20.000, kings are $15,000, jacks are worth $10,000 and 10s are worth $5,000.
Players need to be 18 years old to enter and ticket purchases are limited to $1,000 per person. Lori Skoniecke of Schaumburg won the last drawing of the game. Skoniecke won 60 percent of the $7,080,528 pot, which was estimated to be around $2.8 million after taxes.