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Another Queen of Hearts winner picks up $100,000 jackpot


A Waterloo woman won $100,000 playing Queen of Hearts at the Evansville American Legion on Wednesday.

Michelle Fink won $104,100, according to the Republic-Times, which covers Monroe County.

Queen of Hearts is a game in which contestants remove playing cards from a board in a series of drawings until someone finds the queen of hearts, the winning card. The pot grows every time that a card other than the queen of hearts is selected.

“I was in shock for about 15 minutes,” Fink told the Republic-Times.

It was Fink’s first time winning the game of chance, though she’d also bought into the game elsewhere, including in Caseyville, according to the newspaper.

Fink said she spent about $500 total on game, food, video gambling and 50/50 tickets.

Queen of Hearts games are gaining popularity across the region. Last month, Orlando Fridge won a jackpot estimated at $489,000 at Caseyville VFW Memorial Post 1117.

The person whose ticket was chosen correctly picked the Queen of Hearts, winning the more than $400,000 jackpot.

In December, a group of players from the Breese area won a $377,000 jackpot in a Queen of Hearts game at the Nashville American Legion.

Ron and Ellen Beckmann win the Queen of Hearts raffle at the American Legion hall in Nashville, Ill., after 49 weeks of drawings. The Beckmanns said they will split the money with friends. The jackpot was $377,469.