And then there were 11.

The crowds are increasing, by a bunch, at the Owensboro Big Blue Bingo Hall. Trinity High School's Queen of Hearts Jackpot has been growing for the last few months and the excitement around it is palpable. Hundreds of folks flocked to the Bingo Hall on Monday night and hundreds more are expected tonight, when another chance to find the Queen of Hearts is up for grabs for one lucky Bingo player.

For the last four months, no one has been able to find the Queen of Hearts.  At this point, 41 people have tried. All 41 of them have failed and the jackpot has been growing exponentially.  At the close of Trinity's Bingo on Monday night, the Queen of Hearts Jackpot was up to $18,110.

This morning, I chatted with Andrea Aud, Trinity High School's Bingo Coordinator, about the crowds, the excitement and the money up for grabs.

 

For some perspective, Trinity High School hosts Bingo here in Owensboro two nights a week- Mondays and Thursdays. They average about 200 players per night. With the Queen of Hearts jackpot on the rise, they're up to about 350 per night and that number will likely get bigger and bigger if history repeats itself.

It was back in September of 2018 that this happened!

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That's Ann Payton, who won the record $139,529 Queen of Hearts jackpot.  She claimed 70% of that and pocketed a whopping $97,670!  When Ann stepped up to play, there were just three numbers left on the board.

Tonight, the lucky player drawn will walk up to this board.

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See!  And then there were 11.  Just 11 numbers are left and the Queen of Hearts is hiding behind one of them.

Andrea is on her way home, from a quick two-day trip to the beach, to see if someone's going to win it.  And, yes! Andrea wrapped up Bingo on Monday night, drove to the beach for a quick two-day trip with the kids and is driving back this morning to get to the Bingo hall by the time the doors open this evening. I told you the excitement is building- not just for the players, but for the organizers too.

Here's how the Queen of Hearts game works. To be eligible to win the jackpot you MUST be seated at a table and officially playing Bingo at the Big Blue Bingo Hall. Doors open at 4:45pm. Pull tab and Queen of Heart sales begin at 5.  Bingo games start at 6:45pm.

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Tickets for the Queen of Hearts Progressive Raffle are just $1 a piece.  Just before the final Bingo game of the night, one lucky ticket winner will be drawn. That winner will go up to the Queen of Hearts board and select a number.  If they uncover the Queen of Hearts, they'll claim the jackpot, which is currently the third largest in the history of Trinity High School Bingo ( License #0299).

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