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A Game of Chance Is Drawing Thousands to Hudson, SD

Someone could win six figures tonight
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2019 3:33 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Hudson, South Dakota, is home to 324 people, except on recent Wednesdays, when that population temporarily swells by several thousand. They're headed to Waddy's Bar for the chance to win a game of chance that has so far ended with no winner, pushing the pot to $216,133, reports the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. The Southeast Area Pink Ladies—a local group that combines darts and charity—started the "Chase the Queen" fundraiser last year in hopes of raising $20,000 to benefit locals with cancer. Here's how it works: Each week, tickets are sold at $5 for two, $10 for five, and $20 for 20 (half the money goes to the group). The tickets sold are put into a drum; whoever's ticket is selected gets to turn over a playing card from a group of them placed face-down on a card table.

To win, the queen of diamonds needs to be flipped over. That hasn't happened yet. What began as a full deck was down to four cards last week. The selected card: a four of diamonds. A flip of the remaining cards showed the coveted queen was next to the chosen one. Wednesday night, the selected ticket-holder will pick from the three cards that are left, meaning he or she will have a 1-in-3 chance of walking away with what the Argus Leader predicts could be "a third of a million dollars": that $216,133 plus 50% of the night's ticket sales. If that card isn't chosen, they'll still walk with 10% of Wednesday's sales; the other 40% that would go to the winner will go into the pot for next week, reports KELOLAND. KSFY reports last week's "loser" ended up with $11,080. Tickets are on sale from 3pm to 7pm local time, with the winning ticket pulled at 7:10pm. (Really good news for the first Powerball winner of 2019.)

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