AVISTON, ILL. (KMOX) – Tonight, more than $1 million is on the table for participants in the Aviston, Illinois American Legion’s ‘Queen of Hearts’ contest. It’s a card game and the proceeds are helping the legion renovate its building.

But attorney Brad Young with Harris, Dowell, Fisher and Young, says a lot of these small-town Illinois raffles are “troubling.” For instance, he says, is the manager of the raffle bonded? And what’s the legion’s insurance policy? Last time, huge crowds turned out.

“If these cities are not following Illinois state law when it comes to the administration of these raffles, the government could certainly seize the prize money, losing players could demand refunds,” he says.

The Belleville News-Democrat first reported that Aviston issued a license for the raffle, even though an application was never filled out, as required by law. We reached out to both the legion and the city of Aviston and nobody was available to answer questions.

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