Charities real winners of Queen of Hearts game at The Whistle Stop

Crowds up to 10,000 were expected ahead of tonight’s Queen of Hearts drawing at The Whistle Stop with its more than $340,000 jackpot 

Queen of Hearts — which has put the Darke County village on the map — is a legal game of chance in which the person holding the winning ticket pulled during a raffle has a chance to pick the Queen of Hearts from the remaining cards in the deck.

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A mother, father and daughter made the hourlong drive from Springfield to Ansonia to The Whistle Stop, 200 S. Main St. after watching News Center 7 reports on the game, which is now in at least its 36th week.

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Yvon Flatter of Greenville last week was the winner of a $2,000 prize, but she only got half because she wasn’t there.

But it’s the charities that are the big winners. Through the end of August, the nonprofits received more than $50,000 in donations, with that amount climbing through this fall.

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