AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Ticket sales resumed Saturday at Barry Dyngles in Austintown where a drawing for a $1 million Queen of Hearts jackpot will be held Sunday at 7:30 p.m. The lines were long again.
Tickets will be sold again from noon until 7 p.m. Sunday.
Meantime, some businesses surrounding the pub are happy about the decision to move the drawing from Wednesday to Sunday, and ticket holders can watch the drawing from home because participants don’t have to be present to win. But there will still be plenty of people gathered Sunday who want to experience the thrill of the moment.
Kyle Betts who manages the nearby Papa John’s Pizza said they are hoping to cash in on the Sunday drawing.
“We’ve been slower from 6 p.m. to 8 pm. on Wednesday, but now we have this new thing coming up on Sunday. We are planning on getting a tent and selling pizza by the slice. Maybe we can make a little money off this thing, too,” Betts said.
Austintown Trustee Rick Stauffer said the township is trying to give everyone opportunities to benefit from the large crowd. When the drawings were held on Wednesday, a lot of businesses felt cut-off. Traffic would begin in the afternoon and people would grab the closest parking spot they could find to Barry Dyngles, creating some tie-ups.
“I am kind of glad it has moved to Sunday nights. Wednesdays have been difficult, and the customers cannot get in and if they get in, they cannot get out,” said Lucy Peterson, hairdresser.
But there’s no advertising like seeing a crowd, and all of the businesses agree it’s nice to see the huge number of people.
“I think it is a great thing and great for Austintown,” said Joni Kohut, Youngstown Vapors. “It gets people together.”
More police officers will be in place to limit traffic along Raccoon Road and keep the crowd in order. Barry Dyngles will also put trash cans along Raccoon Road to help with the clean-up.
WKBN.com will stream the event live on our website and mobile app beginning at 7:15 p.m.