ELYRIA — Hundreds of people stood in line Wednesday to buy tickets for the Grayton Road Tavern Queen of Hearts Jackpot at Midway Mall afternoon hoping to win the jackpot, which climbed over $4.2 million.
The Grayton Road Tavern, located at 4760 Grayton Road in Cleveland, held a drawing Wednesday night in which a lucky winner could have taken home the jackpot.
The game consists of a board with a deck of cards along with two jokers, for a total of 54 cards. Each week a ticket, which contains the name of the person who purchased the ticket and the number of card they pick, is drawn and the card that matches the number written on the ticket is selected.
If that selected card is the queen of hearts, the jackpot is awarded. If it isn’t, the jackpot is rolled into the next week’s drawing.
There were only five cards left prior to Wednesday night’s drawing: 28, 30, 45, 49 and 50.
But once again no queen of hearts was selected, so the jackpot will roll over to next week.
As the jackpot has grown, more and more people have purchased $1 tickets. Eventually the Grayton Road Tavern added more locations to buy tickets, including the Harry Buffalo at Midway Mall.
Prior to Wednesday night’s drawing, people flocked to the mall for one last chance to get tickets.
“You can’t win if you don’t play,” Gina Scott of Lorain joked. “As they say, I’ve got a ticket and a dream. I’ve been waiting almost an hour in line today. I was very surprised at how many people were here to buy tickets when I came in.”
Scott said she bought tickets before, but had never had to wait in line.
The line Wednesday afternoon stretched from the Harry Buffalo nearly to JC Penney and just kept growing.
Gina Jenkins, of Sandusky, said she expected the line when she arrived, as she waited in line last week.
“This week I was prepared for it, but last week I was definitely surprised by the line,” Jenkins said. “This is the closest place I can go to get tickets, but it’s still a 40-minute drive. If I win, though, it’ll be worth it.”
Some people were seen buying hundreds of tickets. Scott said she planned to purchase 45 tickets, but only five were for her.
Jenkins said she was planning to buy 100, but would be splitting them with her father, daughter and a coworker.
“If I win, I’ll pay off some stuff, save a little invest a little and move,” Jenkins said. “I think I want to go somewhere where it’s warm.”
Fred Surdock, of Elyria, found himself near the very end of the line, by JC Penney, when he arrived around 1 p.m.
“This is the first time I came out to buy tickets,” Surdock said. “I was surprised when I saw the line, certainly wasn’t expecting that.”
Surdock said he planned to buy a couple tickets and if he won he’d take care of his kids and pay off some bills. After a moment he admitted he’d also buy himself a new truck.