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June 12, 2013

Fundraiser prize fit for a queen

ROUSES POINT — The leaders of American Legion Post 912 are desperate for a special woman to emerge in their lives.

“No one has found her yet,” Legion Commander Robert St. John said during a recent visit.

The lady that St. John and his colleagues at the legion are waiting for is none other than the Queen of Hearts.

The Queen of Hearts, as in a deck of playing cards.

The Queen of Hearts, as in that’s the card you must draw to win the $100,000 grand prize in the post’s fundraiser raffle.

‘A MONSTER’

“There is a 1 in 54 chance to win when we start the game, and it’s down to three cards,” legion Treasurer Dennis Harrison said, explaining that the 54 cards comprise a regular deck plus two jokers.

Such a large prize has made Post 912 the most popular place in the North Country in recent weeks.

“We’ve created a monster,” St. John said.

“When I leave here on a Friday night, I don’t want to see this place for awhile.”

MYSTERY AMOUNT

St. John, Legion First Vice Commander Joe Proulx and Harrison relaxed in a rare moment of downtime at the Pratt Street establishment this week and reflected on the hysteria.

Harrison explained that the legion was looking for a good fundraiser and discovered the Queen of Hearts on the state’s list of approved games for nonprofit organizations to host.

Other groups in the area have also played the game with success in recent years, which convinced Harrison and the others to give it a try.

The pot builds as the card remains in the deck. The first two games last year ended relatively early, with jackpots of $750 and $1,968 being given out.

But this one turned out to be a grand slam.

“That’s the thing with this game. It could be drawn the first week or it could be drawn the last week. You just don’t know,” Harrison said.

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