Each week tickets will be sold – all raffle tickets are $1.00 each and there is no limit to the number of tickets a person can purchase. You may purchase tickets throughout the week and up until 30 minutes prior to the drawing.
There can only be one name per ticket and please make sure to also include a phone number on the ticket. One half of the ticket will be put into the drawing and the other half of the ticket will be retained by the purchasing player for verification. In the event that you are not able to be present at the drawing – you may place the number you wish to pick on the back of the ticket. If a player is not present and there is not a number on the chosen ticket – a number will be randomly selected.
Each Tuesday (unless otherwise posted) the drawing will be held promptly at 6:30 pm at Nonna Maria’s Restaurant located at 5306 Church Hill Road in Church Hill, MD (unless a change of venue is required). If you arrive after 6:30 pm and your name has already been announced three times, you will be considered not present.
The total prize jackpot will continue to accumulate weekly minus the weekly payout as described below, until the Queen of Hearts is drawn. The jackpot amount, based on ticket sales will be updated weekly and displayed on the Department’s Facebook page.
If your name is drawn and you are present, you get to choose a numbered card and it can be different than what you had preselected on the ticket– if you are not present and have put a number on the back of your ticket, that numbered card will be chosen.
If the chosen card is the Queen of Hearts and the player whose ticket was drawn is present – He/she will receive 60% of the jackpot. In the event the player whose ticket was drawn is not present and the chosen card is the Queen of Hearts – the player will receive 40% of the jackpot.
If the Queen of Hearts is not drawn – the winning weekly payouts are as follows: Jokers are $200.00, Face Cards or Aces are $100.00 and all other cards are $25.00. If you are not present for the drawing – you will only receive half of the above payouts.
Once a card is selected – it will be shown face up on the board. Each week after the drawing –tickets from that week’s drawing will be destroyed. Tickets for the following week’s drawing will be available starting on Wednesday morning.
The Queen of Hearts board will be stored in a secure, off-site location – with access to it being restricted to the members of the Department’s Ways and Means Committee who are not eligible to purchase tickets.
All winning players are responsible for any state and federal taxes. If the winning player is unable or unwilling to provide that information – the prize money will revert to the Department. If the winner does not claim their prize within 60 days, it reverts back to the Department.