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Parking restrictions in place for Queen of Hearts drawing in Garrettsville

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The jackpot is at just over $1-million and there are only six cards left on the board.

That's attracting a crowd of thousands to the Village of Garrettsville for Sunday's Queen of Hearts drawing.

Because of that large influx of people, some traffic restrictions will now be put in place.

But whether it’s parking or traffic tie-ups, the best bet on Sunday is to get there early for the 6:00 p.m. drawing.

Co-owner Aaron King says Skylane Bowling Center has sold some 40,000 tickets in just the last two days.

King anticipates that the jackpot could grow to more than $1.2-million by Sunday.

"I actually had to rent a much larger tumbler to fit all the tickets in," King said.

For King's bowling business he already feels like he's striking it rich. "It's just been like a dream come true."

Many of the customers have been willing to drive an hour or more hoping that the Queen of Hearts will show her face and make them rich.

Sherry Marino of Niles said why not. "I only buy the minimum for the Queen of Hearts, because like I say, it only takes one to win and I only spend the $20. Like anything, you take a chance. You just hope you're going to be the lucky one."

But the drawing has had some minor growing pains when it comes to parking and traffic tie-ups and police are warning patrons to get here early and follow the law.

"Parking has been a small issue in the plaza next door for our local merchants. We try to keep spots open for their shoppers. We hire six to eight police to watch the parking lot," King said.

Police say the best advice is to park at James A. Garfield Schools on State Route 88 and take the free shuttle to the drawing location.

The shuttle runs from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

You can also find parking at the Garrettsville Village Park, the Portage County Public Library, and the Garrettsville Muni Parking Lot.

Police are reminding everyone that it's illegal to park on the paved portion of a state route, and that any vehicle that obstructs the flow of traffic will be towed.

No parking is permitted on any village street, unless it is clearly marked for parking.

Authorities also want to remind everyone to try and use crosswalks when they can.

And they ask that motorists refrain from stopping in the middle of the road to drop another person off.

In the words of Garrettsville Police Chief Anthony Milicia, "We realize that everyone wants to be a millionaire, but that does not excuse an act of stupidity that causes another person to become injured or killed as a result. Common sense must prevail."

Tickets are on sale at the Skylane Bowling Center everyday from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., and the cost is $5 each or you can buy five for $20.

There will also be a 50/50 raffle and drawing on Sunday at the same location.

The money raised will not only go to the winner of the drawing, the other half this time will go to the James A. Garfield School District's Booster Club for stadium renovations that are desperately needed.

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