Queen Of Hearts Fever Draws People To Watertown

Queen Of Hearts Fever Draws People To Watertown

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There's only one card left to draw - the queen of hearts. And Tuesday night, someone will hit the $600,000 jackpot, taking home half of it.

Outside the Watertown Elks Lodge, a line formed Monday all the way to the parking lot before the doors opened and tickets were sold.

Tim Kelly, who volunteers at the Lodge, says this jackpot is one to watch.

"It's a big thing. I mean, this is one of the largest ones I've ever seen. It's the largest one I've ever run. It's the largest one I've heard of in the state with the Elks anyway. I don't know of any organization that's done any better than this," he said.

And the tickets were flowing. People drove from all over because you have to be in it to win it.

Deana Bartolomie is from Whitesboro, outside of Utica, but has a camp in Alexandria Bay. She says for her and her mother, the drawing is a special event.

"We make a day out of it. We probably stop up to Swan Bay and the excitement of waiting for them to open and then we stop back and have lunch and we stop at the mall," she said.

Kent Loveless drove from Baldwinsville, north of Syracuse, and purchased a whopping 125 tickets - with one goal in mind.

"I'm hoping to win it all, you never know," he said.

The response for the elusive queen of hearts drawing was so big that the Elks had to build a massive container to hold all the tickets, simply because it was overflowing.

Other Watertown residents have their own ideas in mind if they walk away a winner.

"My wife and I are going too go on a vacation to Hawaii. It'll be 43 years in June; still love her," said George Marcinko of Watertown.

"My children have college loans that I'm hoping it will help them," said Donna Dermady of Watertown.

No matter what - someone's name will finally be picked Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

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