AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Managers of the Austintown pub Barry Dyngles, as well as township trustees, told WKBN Monday that they are pleased with how the eatery’s Queen of Hearts drawing went over the weekend.
No winner was chosen Sunday night in the drawing, so the game will continue and a drawing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4.
The jackpot and excitement for the Queen of Hearts keeps growing. Tickets for the next Queen of Hearts drawing went on sale at 3 p.m. Monday, bringing in a steady flow of traffic to the restaurant.
Since several changes were made to the drawing, Austintown Trustee Jim Davis said things have been running smoothly at Barry Dyngles. The biggest change — that the winner does not have to be present at the drawing — scaled back crowds drastically, he said.
Sunday’s drawing brought well more than 2,000 people to the drawing but fell far short of the 8,000 to 10,000 people who gathered at previous drawings for the jackpot.
Davis said safety is the top concern, with so many people at the drawing, and management at Barry Dyngles has been accommodating.
“We asked for added security. They did that. We asked for trash cans down the Raccoon Road. They did that,” he said.
Davis was part of Sunday night’s drawing and said he was not aware of any problems. With a smaller crowd, Austintown Police are going to discuss having six or eight officers at the drawing, instead of 10 that were present on Sunday.
Barry Dyngles Manager Doug Duganne said he is also pleased with the drawing.
“Everything went great last night. I thought everything went perfect,” he said.
There are seven cards left in the deck, and Barry Dyngles is getting ready for next Sunday’s drawing.
Anthony Scarcelli said he will be back to buy tickets and hopes the Queen of Hearts is on his side.
“Hopefully the more money I spend, the better my chances,” he said.
Paul Gregorc, who was picked for Sunday’s drawing, said he is also trying his luck at the Queen of Hearts again. He and his son Joe made the 50 minute drive from Chardon to spend another $100 on a chance to win what could be $2 million dollars in the next drawing.
Gregorc is a 1980 graduate of Fitch High School, who is now a machinest. On Monday, he had a $20 Barry Dyngles gift certificate — his prize for having his name drawn — while his son held the tickets for Sunday’s drawing.
The Queen of Hearts game is a progressive raffle. Tickets are drawn every week and those ticket holders are permitted to choose a card on the board. The game is won if the Queen of Hearts is chosen. If the Queen of Hearts is not chosen, the jackpot rolls over to the next week.
Barry Dyngles sold 460,000 tickets in the week and a half between drawings. And, as more tickets are sold, the jackpot keeps growing.