A final rush on tickets is expected leading up to Tuesday night’s McHenry VFW Queen of Hearts raffle, where someone will win millions of dollars.
After building for nearly two years, the jackpot now tops $7 million, and the big prize will be awarded Tuesday. Organizers, a bit overwhelmed by the surge of ticket buyers as the pot ballooned, decided to end the game tonight, meaning they will keep drawing until there’s a winner.
As of Monday, ticket sales had already nearly doubled from the previous week, to 1.9 million, said Dwane Lungren, commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4600. The winner will get 60 percent of the pot, or about $4.2 million. The post keeps 20 percent for its own operations and renovations, and the rest rolls over to start the next game, which has been put off until Jan. 8 to give the outfit a breather.
The wait to buy tickets for the raffle grew to about an hour and a half, patrons said, and was expected to grow longer Tuesday.