Bus driver for disabled students wins $1.8M jackpot from Ohio bar ‘Queen of Hearts’ game


AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – After her name was drawn last night, Molly Blair, the area’s newest millionaire, came to Barry Dyngles to claim her winnings.

The 63-year-old is a Warren resident and drives a bus for the Fairhaven School for the developmentally disabled.

Trumbull County Board of Developmental Disabilities Superintendent Edward Stark said Blair has not resigned, and he hopes she stays. No one would say if she worked today, however.

Blair’s name was drawn Sunday night at Barry Dyngles’ Queen of Hearts drawing, which reached more than $1.8 million after nearly a year’s worth of drawings.

People bought more than 565,000 tickets this week, and hundreds showed up to pack the parking lot for a free concert from Columbus-based band, Red Wanting Blue. The band’s lead singer picked out the winning ticket, which belonged to Blair and her number 15 was the Queen of Hearts that everyone had been searching for for weeks.

Blair was not present at the drawing.

“It’s awesome. We’ve been doing this since day one, since last October, waiting look for this lady, and she finally came out,” Barry Dyngles Manager Doug Duganne said of the Queen of Hearts card. “I’m excited for her, I really am. It’s a life-changer. Obviously it’s a life-changer.”

Most neighbors in Blair’s neighborhood did not even realize that she had won, but they were happy when they found out, saying there was no one more deserving.

“She’s had cancer and overcame cancer; she’s a good person… She deserves it,” said neighbor Myra York.

“Hopefully, she does good things with the money. I hear she works for Fairhaven, so that’s great,” said another neighbor, Nathan Lamarr.

Blair was not home on Monday, and she declined an interview when contacted by WKBN.

“You know what. It couldn’t have happened to a better person. Very nice lady, very deserving,” said Barry Dyngles’ Manager Doug Duganne.

Barry Dygnles was closed on Monday — the sign on the door said employees needed to, “catch our breath.”

Duganne was there, though, rolling up the last sign in what was a marketing bonanza for the business.

“Well, the whole idea of the game itself is to bring people to your establishment, and we did that,” he said. “So now what we have to do is to maintain those new customers and hopefully that’s how you grow the business, that’s how you get them in.”

Barry Dyngles will hold another Queen of Hearts game, starting in the new few weeks. The next board, in fact, has already been purchased.

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