AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Parking spaces at Barry Dyngles Pub in Austintown were hard to come by on Monday morning as sales resumed for the Queen of Hearts game.
After taking a week off for the Labor Day holiday, workers have already sold more than 100,000 yellow tickets, and two days remain before the next drawing.
“We’re still projecting $700,000. Of course, my projections have been low every time, though, so we’ll see,” said manager Doug Douganne.
Players choose numbers corresponding to playing cards with the person drawing the Queen of Hearts getting the full jackpot which has not happened since October 2014. Nine numbers are left. While the business cannot keep any of the money, the winner must be present to claim the cash.
“I think it’s awesome. I think it’s great. Get some excitement built up. I mean, obviously, there’s thousands of people showing up. I have to work so I won’t show up, but I’ll be happy to take half,” Anthony Imbrigia of Poland said.
The Ohio Investigative Unit and the Attorney General are aware of the game and all of the excitement created. Local prosecutors said nothing is illegal provided all winnings go to the players, but that is not to stop lawmakers from trying to regulate the game at some point in the future.
Douganne said he welcomes any input, but the restaurant is following the rules currently in place. He said the restaurant will follow any new rules set.
Other restaurants are trying to cash in, including the Chad Anthony locations in Boardman and Liberty. The Chad Anthony locations started their own drawings last week with a couple hundred dollars in the pot. The dreams of where to spend the money get bigger.
“Probably pay some bills. I know my husband wants to retire so I’m hoping retirement for my husband,” Alice Felden of Boardman said.
“We have student loans and bills, and I have an old car. So maybe I’d trade it in and get a new one,” Christine Costello of Poland said.
Managers expect to see 10,000 people fill the space. On Wednesday, most hope to see their number drawn.