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Ohio bar's $5 million Queen of Hearts jackpot hits after 53 weeks

A woman won nearly $5 million in the "Queen of Hearts" drawing at an Ohio bar Wednesday night.
A drawing at a Cleveland bar Wednesday night could make someone an instant millionaire. (WKYC photo)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKYC) — A woman won nearly $5 million in the "Queen of Hearts" drawing at an Ohio bar Wednesday night.

Only two cards remained in the search for the elusive Queen of Hearts in the Grayton Road Tavern's popular card game near Cleveland.

Organizers said the jackpot finished at $5,003,703 at the time of the drawing at Legend's Sports Bar & Grill in Parma.

How does it work? All you have to do is buy a $1 raffle ticket and select which remaining card you think the Queen of Hearts card is hiding behind.

The first ticket drawn will have a shot at the Queen of Hearts. Find the Queen and you win the jackpot. If the Queen of Hearts is not found with the player's selected number, four more bonus tickets will be drawn with the following prize payout:

- Ticket 2: $800
- Ticket 3: $600
- Ticket 4: $400
- Ticket 5: $200

Ninety percent of the jackpot goes to the winner if the Queen of Hearts is found. The other 10 percent is used to start the next round's jackpot.

Wednesday's winner, a woman named Joyce Hill who was not in attendance for the drawing, won a little more than $4.5 million before taxes.

Last year, the game drew statewide attention as a lucky winner named Gary took home $5.5 million after 50 weeks of play.

The game drew so much attention that its legality was questioned, forcing Grayton Road Tavern to temporarily halt play. But the Ohio Attorney General's Office ruled the game was legal and play resumed in May 2018.