Tim Newsome, owner of At the Office Sports Bar, reveals the card chosen at the Queen of Hearts drawing held Jan. 10 at his bar at 4901 W. Cal-Sag Road in Crestwood. (Photo by Dermot Connolly)

Tim Newsome, owner of At the Office Sports Bar, reveals the card chosen at the Queen of Hearts drawing held Jan. 10 at his bar at 4901 W. Cal-Sag Road in Crestwood. (Photo by Dermot Connolly)

Park Lawn Queen of Hearts jackpot now over $220K

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By Dermot Connolly

The jackpot for the Park Lawn Queen of Hearts fundraiser grew to more than $220,000 this week following another rollover Wednesday at the weekly drawing held at the At the Office sports bar in Crestwood.

People were buying tickets up until the last minute in hopes of winning the January 10 jackpot of $212,940 before emcee Tim Newsome, the owner of the bar at 4901 W. Cal-Sag Road pulled Anthony M.’s winning No. 33 ticket shortly after 7 p.m.

Because the numbered card on the giant board on the wall turned out to be the Jack of Clubs, the quest for the big cash prize continued for another week.

The winning ticketholder, Anthony M., was not present and while he didn’t get the cash, he did get 24 free tickets for this week’s drawing, which took place at 7 p.m. Jan. 17.

“This is our largest jackpot ever,” said Mark Dynia, who volunteers his time with Oak Lawn-based Park Lawn, to manage the popular fundraiser that benefits people with developmental disabilities.

“It has been going on since April of 2021,” said Dynia, who explained that the current raffle has lasted so long without a winner because whenever a Jack turns up, the board is reset.

“That happened three times,” said Dynia.

If the Queen of Hearts is revealed, the winner, if present for the drawing, will get 60 percent of the jackpot, with 40 percent going to Park Lawn. However, if the winner is not present, the jackpot will be split 50-50 with Park Lawn, based at 10833 S. Laporte Ave. in Oak Lawn.

But even if the Queen of Hearts isn’t revealed, the winning ticketholder will get 24 free tickets for the next drawing.

Also, if the Ace of Spades is revealed, the winning ticket holder will win free appetizers for a year if they are present for the drawing.

“Park Lawn is a wonderful organization that we have been working for a long time. They help a lot of people,” said Newsome, who lived in Palos Heights for many years.

He pointed out that his late father-in-law, former Palos Heights alderman Don Flood, built the sturdy, metal box on the wall behind him, which all the raffle tickets go into before the drawing.

“It’s been here all these years so he did a good job,” said Newsome, leading a toast to Flood, who died on January 4 at age 85.

Queen of Hearts tickets are available for six for $5, and may be purchased online at www.parklawn.com, or at Park Lawn, 10833 Laporte Ave., or until 6:50 p.m. at At the Office, before the drawings, which are held there at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

“We really appreciate At the Office hosting Queen of Hearts for us,” said Maureen Reilly, president of Park Board following the drawing last week. “It is always a lot of fun, and people can be sure that all the money donated will go directly to the programs we provide.”

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