GARRETTSVILLE, Ohio - The thrill of big money up for grabs drew thousands of people to Portage County this weekend.
They all had high hopes of winning $1.3 million from the Queen of Hearts card game that has been going on for many weeks at a Garrettsville bowling alley.
But the lottery frenzy also made a perfect venue for a happy homecoming in the middle of Sunday’s drawing.
The Rose family was surprised outside of Sky Lanes, as Army Specialist Natalie Rose was brought on stage.
Derazana Rose at first thought she won the cash prize, but seeing her daughter for the first time in ten months was even better.
"I'm just so proud, so proud; you don't even know,” Rose said.
This weekend, at least eight thousand people from northeast Ohio and beyond came to the area.
“It’s the busiest Garrettsville has ever been,” said Mark Ferguson, who is a Garrettsville native.
People lined the streets, even brought out the lawn chairs to watch Sky Lanes owner, Aaron King, spin the big red drum and pick out a ticket.
"It's so tempting and it is so much fun,” said Karen Zsaludko, of Aurora.
"The town is packed; usually it's a quiet town, but it's pretty packed," said Susan Kuchenbecker, of Mantua.
Many tell Fox 8 if they can win big, it’s worth the traffic jam.
Unfortunately the drawings did not make anyone a winner on Sunday, but the reunion of an area family was good enough for many.
King tells Fox 8 another drawing will happen in two weeks, as there are only five more chances to pick the Queen of Hearts.
“We are really hoping that we win,” Zsaludko said.
King tells Fox 8 the community has already won because of the business generated from this game.