Woman wins $300K in south Louisville charity raffle

Woman wins $300K in south Louisville charity raffle
The jackpot grew to $773,800 before anyone found the Queen of Hearts.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A raffle to benefit a cancer charity ran 10 months before a winner found the Queen of Hearts.

The game being played at Khalil’s Restaurant in Valley Station started back in April 2018. It was a fundraiser for the Louisville nonprofit Shirley’s Way, known for its Cancer Sucks campaign.

As the jackpot grew, so did the crowd.

Players bought $2 raffle tickets, and each Monday one ticket was drawn. The owner of that ticket got to guess where the Queen of Hearts was on a board of 54 cards. That board stayed the same from week to week, so each time someone guessed, the chances of winning improved.

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If no one won, the money rolled over to the next week -- eventually growing to $773,800.

When Leslie Duncan found the Queen of Hearts on Monday, she took home $309,520.

Shirley’s Way will get the rest.

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