November 22, 2014

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Local man losing job wins $183,000 from Circle K lottery ticket

An Ohio Lottery ticket worth $183,000 was sold March 16 at the Circle K, 2770 Boston Road, Brunswick. Clerks Danny Brickner, left, of Strongsville, and Andy Toth, of North Royalton, stand behind a sign announcing the win in the Rolling Cash 5 game. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

An Ohio Lottery ticket worth $183,000 was sold March 16 at the Circle K, 2770 Boston Road, Brunswick. Clerks Danny Brickner, left, of Strongsville, and Andy Toth, of North Royalton, stand behind a sign announcing the win in the Rolling Cash 5 game. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

A Brunswick resident won six figures in the Rolling Cash 5 last month and said he’s putting the winnings in the bank.

Harry Walton, 52, won $183,000 in the Rolling Cash 5 drawing on March 16 — which comes out to about $129,930 after taxes.

His excitement was short-lived.

“I’m just going to be banking it for right now,” Walton said. “I just found out my office will be closing and I’ll be out of a job soon.”

Walton said he was shocked that the ticket he purchased from the Circle K on Boston Road ended up a winner.

“I just let the computer pick it,” he said. Walton has never won a major lottery prize before.

About a week ago, Walton found out the 35 to 40 people who work in his office will be out of a job. He declined to say where he’s employed. He said he’s not sure what his prospects will be in trying to find new work.

“It’s hard, especially when you’re older, and I’m in my 50s,” he said.

In addition to the payout to Walton, The Circle K will receive a $500 agent bonus from the Ohio Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.