Queen of Spades is Caught

Tammy Wendell, center, and Jerica Johnson, right, sell tickets Feb. 9 at Steve’s Bar for a Trent Community Association fundraiser. A $13,309 prize was won when a Dell Rapids man drew the Queen of Spades.

A Dell Rapids man won the pot of money last week from a fundraiser game in Trent. Chris Geraets caught the Queen of Spades. That makes him $13,309 richer and leaves the Trent Community Association with $4,436 to use on its park project. The game, which was held for 16 Tuesdays, had participants purchasing tickets at Steve’s Bar in Trent, and whoever had their ticket drawn, earned the chance to pick a card on a big board, in hopes it was the Queen of Spades. The winner got 75 percent of the overall pot. If the Queen of Spades wasn’t drawn, they took a portion of that night’s ticket sales and the pot grew. “I think it’s great how it turned out,” said Tammy Wendell with the Trent Community Association. “It would have been fun if it went a little bit longer. It would have been a whole lot of fun if it went down to the wire.” The Trent Community Association started the game as a way to raise money for its plans to turn the former Trent swimming pool area into a park with additional activities, including camping spots. Those spots, which each will be rented for the season, will be used as a way to pay for the park’s expenses, too. “That money will help put in the six permanent camping spots at the park that will help bring in a steady revenue for the Trent Community Association,” Wendell said.

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