Elks Lodge, Queen Of Hearts & Giving Back

Elks Lodge, Queen Of Hearts & Giving Back

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The Watertown Elks Lodge is showing gratitude to nonprofit organizations in the north country after the big Queen of Hearts drawing this past March, when a man from Potsdam won the $300,000 prize.

A portion of the rest of the jackpot, another $300,000 worth, goes back to the Elks Lodge for donations.

"People requested donations from us and we have put a luncheon together today to give all those donations to all those local charitable groups that asked for funds. And some that didn't, we gave to them, too," said Tim Kelly, Queen of Hearts organizer.

Tony Verne is now the head of the lodge as exulted ruler.

"I've been used to things we've been doing for the community. I enjoy the people and I enjoy seeing everybody," he said.

As for the Queen of Hearts winner, Verne says, of course, that months later, he's still thrilled about winning.

"He's 83 years old and, after taxes and everything, he'll have a little over $200,000. It stayed in the north country so that was nice. He was the former exulted ruler at the Potsdam lodge," said Verne.

The Watertown lodge gave to dozens of organizations at the reception, a trend they hope to continue with massive Queen of Hearts drawings in the future.

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