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The Grayton Road Tavern’s “Queen of Hearts” jackpot is up to $1.7 million, but once again, there was no winner Wednesday night.

Hundreds of thousands of tickets were purchased over the last week, adding $500,000 to the coveted jackpot.

Over the last three weeks, the winner-take-all cash prize has ballooned from $550,000 to this week's seven-figure grand total.

Due to safety concerns, traffic congestion and parking limitations, ticket sales were suspended at Grayton Road Tavern. Instead, people from across the region traveled to Harry Buffalo locations, J's Skills and Lucky J's to buy, in many cases, hundreds of dollars worth of tickets.

The frenzy to buy tickets surged due to the high jackpot, but also because players have better odds of winning this game as opposed to the Ohio Lottery.


  • A deck of 54 cards, jokers included, is placed face down on a board and sealed.
  • Each card is numbered, from one to 54.
  • When players purchase their tickets, they write their name and phone number, then pick a number of a card that’s on the board.
  • The remaining card numbers are: 20, 28, 30, 45, 49, 50, 52.
  • If their ticket is drawn from the barrel, their card -- the number card that they chose -- is revealed.
  • If they get the Queen of Hearts, they take home the entire jackpot (only one person can win the jackpot), according to Grayton Road Tavern General Manager Jennifer Natale.
  • It costs only $1 per ticket, and drawings take place every Wednesday at the bar at 7:30 p.m.

Participants do not need to be present to win, but the drawing nights bring in big crowds.

Only seven cards are left after the three of diamonds was pulled this week.

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