MORRIS — In front of a less-than-packed house Monday night, there was no winner in the weekly Queen of Hearts drawing at Morris VFW Post 2094.
It was the second week for this drawing after the last one reached nearly 1.6 million. The pot this week was $785,166 if the queen of hearts was under the number selected.
The ticked pulled out of the drum selected No. 24, and the card underneath that number was the jack of diamonds.
If one of the two jokers or any of the other three queens had been uncovered, the winner would have won five percent of the pot, or $39,258.
Next week's pot amount is $807,461. Tickets are on sale Tuesday and Thursday from 6-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from noon until 9 p.m. and Monday from noon until 5 p.m.
In recent drawings, the hall at the VFW was filled with people. On Monday, there were between 40-50 people waiting for the ticket to be drawn.
"That's not usual," VFW Post Commander Jerry Zebrorwski said. "Usually we have a pretty packed house here."
Perhaps some of the luster of the drawing has worn off, since the prize is still less than the magic number of $1 million. But that doesn't stop some from taking a chance.
"There's a lot less people buying tickets, so there's a lot better chance this time," Morris resident Brian Olson said. "Why not try now?"
When the queen of hearts is drawn, the winner will receive 70 percent of the pot, with 15 percent going to the VFW and 15 percent starting off the next pot.
So far, the VFW has been using its portion from the last big pot to make improvements to the building. VFW quartermaster Jerry Peterson said that the VFW has already purchased a new sign for the building as well as a new awning and security cameras. The building also has new siding, and the parking lot and roof have been resealed. Peterson also said that new soffit and facia around the building has been paid for and is waiting to be installed. The inside of the building is also in the process of being repainted.