AUSTINTOWN TWP, Ohio (WKBN) – There was no winner Wednesday night in the Queen of Hearts drawing at Barry Dyngles in Austintown.
The jackpot grew to a whopping $778,203. 306,000 tickets were sold.
Ray Clark’s ticket was drawn. His card number on that ticket was 38. That card was the Nine of Hearts.
He was in the parking lot next door when his name was called. “I was back there by your van. I was watching on your van. And they said Ray Clark and I just couldn’t believe it.
He had bought 225 tickets for a group of 9 people which included his wife, daughter, brother and friends. He says he will play again, but is changing his strategy. He says he’ll buy the same card number for all his tickets.
For safety reasons, Raccoon Road was closed before and after the drawing between Burkey and New Roads.
“I’m hoping I win,” Peggy Hupp of Austintown said before the drawing. “I never seen so many people.”
Hupp is one of thousands of people who waited in line on a warm and sunny day to buy tickets.
The large crowd for Wednesday night’s event is a concern for Austintown Police Chief Bob Gavalier, despite the fact that Barry Dyngles is paying for five off-duty officers to patrol the area.
“To me personally, I think it’s overgrown down there,” Gavalier said before the drawing. “It’s too big for down there. I’m hoping somebody wins tonight.”
Gavalier admits the crowd has remained relatively calm in weeks past, but can’t be sure it’ll stay that way.
“No, not yet, I mean why not,” Barry Dyngles Manager Doug Duganne said when asked if the game had gotten too big. “Let’s get this thing bigger. It’s like a carnival atmosphere. It’s fun.”
There are eight more cards to go, which means there could be up to eight more weeks of drawings.
“That’s when I think we need to sit down with the township and maybe the prosecutor’s office and the owner to see what we can do,” Gavalier said.
When asked about changing locations, Duganne wasn’t in favor of the idea.
“The whole idea is to bring people here,” Duganne said. “We can’t profit off this game if we have it somewhere else. It really doesn’t do us any good.”
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