Queen of Hearts put on hold as Attorney General looks into game

CLEVELAND -- After much excitement surrounding a new Queen of Hearts drawing at the Grayton Road Tavern, FOX 8 has learned that the game is now on hold.

The tavern had already started selling tickets for the first drawing, which was set for next Wednesday. Now, they say a Cuyahoga County Prosecutor has requested that the Attorney General "look into the game."

A statement released on Thursday from the tavern reads in full:

"We are temporarily pausing the Queen of Hearts game while we await an opinion from the State of Ohio Attorney General's Office or decision from a court regarding the continuation of the game.  We appreciate everyone's patience while this matter progresses through the legal system. Anyone who purchased tickets today will be contacted by the information that was placed on the ticket for a full refund. We apologize for the inconvenience.  It is our hope that the Attorney General's Office, or the court system will make a fair and ethical decision, not only for our game, but for all of the Queen of Hearts games that are currently being held throughout the great State of Ohio."

The jackpot was set to start at $550,361.

Last time around, the contest went on for 50 weeks with the jackpot reaching $5.5 million before someone selected the number hiding the queen.

We're continuing to follow this story. Stick with Fox 8 News and FOX8.com for the latest as more information becomes available.

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