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Still no winner of Queen of Hearts record jackpot

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 9:24 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 10:00 PM

Stiil no winner in Ansonia Queen of Hearts

UPDATE @ 10 p.m. (Oct. 19)

The jackpot grows to more than $350,000 after there was still no winner tonight for the Queen of Hearts game of chance at The Whistle Stop in Ansonia.

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There are now 13 cards remaining for the next drawing, which is set for 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

UPDATE @ 9:30 p.m. (Oct. 12)

Tonight there was still not a winner for the Queen of Hearts drawing at The Whistle Stop in Ansonia.

There are now 14 cards remaining for the next drawing.

UPDATE @ 9:40 p.m. (Oct. 5)

Once again, there is no winner for tonight’s Queen of Hearts drawing at The Whistle Stop in Ansonia.

Ansonia raffle

There now are 15 cards remaining, with another drawing set for next Thursday.

Queen of Hearts is a legal game of chance in which the person holding the winning ticket pulled during a raffle has a chance to pick the Queen of Hearts from the remaining cards in the deck, according to Daryl Riffle, father of the owner of the Whistle Stop, 200 S. Main St.

UPDATE @ 9:54 p.m. (Sept. 28): No one won the record $350,000 jackpot in the Queen of Hearts drawing.

There now are only 16 cards remaining and the owner of The Whistle Stop in Ansonia said the weekly drawing will continue until someone wins.

UPDATE @8:15 a.m. (Sept. 28)

There’s another Queen of Hearts drawing at The Whistle Stop in Ansonia tonight, and the jackpot is estimated to be around $340,000.

Tickets will be sold up until 8:30 p.m. The drawing will happen around 9 p.m.


UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m. (Sept. 21):  Once again, there was no winner tonight in the Queen of Hearts drawing for a jackpot estimated at more than $326,000.

There are 17 cards remaining.

UPDATE @ 6 a.m. (Sept. 21):

There will be another Queen of Hearts drawing tonight at The Whistle Stop in Ansonia.

Last week, the jackpot was estimated to be $330,000.

Queen of Hearts is a legal game of chance, where the person holding the winning ticket pulled during a raffle has a chance to pick the Queen of Hearts from the remaining cards in the deck, according to Daryl Riffle, father of the owner of the Whistle Stop, 200 S. Main St.

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UPDATE @ 9:25 p.m. (Sept. 14): 

Sorry, no winner in tonight’s jackpot drawing.

UPDATE @ 6:21 p.m. (Sept. 14):

There will be another Queen of Hearts drawing at The Whistle Stop restaurant in Ansonia tonight.

The jackpot is estimated to be $330,000. The drawing will happen at 9 p.m.

Queen of Hearts is a legal game of chance, where the person holding the winning ticket pulled during a raffle has a chance to pick the Queen of Hearts from the remaining cards in the deck, according to Daryl Riffle, father of the owner of the Whistle Stop, 200 S. Main St.


UPDATE @ 9:17 p.m. (Aug. 31):

No one won tonight’s drawing. 

Andrew Riffle, owner of The Whistle Stop and one of the chief organizers of the drawing, said he has heard that people from all over the state -- and Kentucky -- have been coming to Ansonia for the drawing, which now he guesses is in its 31st week.

"We're ready for somebody to walk away with a lot of money," he told News Center 7's James Buechele on Thursday night. 

"If not, we'll keep going until somebody hits it." 

Next week's drawing will be postponed because of a race event at Eldora Speedway that brings in about 40,000 fans. Riffle said Queen of Hearts organizers are going to let the sheriff's office concentrate on that event at Eldora. 

He said he's lost a lot of sleep running the drawing. Two or three hours a night these days is good for him, he said. 

"We're ready for it to be over," Riffle said. 

"We've gotten the exposure we wanted." The charities for which the event was created have done well, he noted, having attracted more than $50,000 in donations. 

When someone wins the jackpot, Riffle said the drawing will take a break until Spring 2018.  

Jim Moore said he bought "plenty" of tickets for his first turn at the jackpot. He traveled to Ansonia from Fort Loramie and thought tonight would be his lucky night.


The jackpot for the Queen of Hearts game at The Whistle Stop restaurant in Ansonia is estimated to be around $300,000 when the business draws tonight’s winning ticket for a chance at the pot, according to the business.

The drawing has grown so large that the business has been working with local law enforcement agencies to keep employees, customers and residents safe during the event.

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Tickets for the game are $1 each and sales are cut off at 8:45 p.m. Thursday. The winning ticket will be selected at 9 p.m., Riffle said.

The business also has a 53-foot semi trailer that will be used to project tonight’s Ohio State Buckeyes football game on.

Ansonia police and the Darke County Sheriff’s Office will be supplying extra patrols for tonight’s event.

The Whistle Stop started the Queen of Hearts game at the business last year and are currently on the third game since it began, Riffle said.

Owner of Gilly’s willing to sell downtown Dayton club

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 2:26 PM

Some Dayton-area venues for local music.

The owner of an iconic downtown music venue says the future of his business is very uncertain.

Gerald “Jerry” Gillotti, the owner of Gilly’s Jazz at 132 S. Jefferson St., said he has a month-to-month agreement for that property with the city of Dayton.

As much as he would like to continue, Gillotti says he has faced reality. 

“I am 80 years old,” he said. “I don’t have the health or the stamina or the years left or days left.”

Gillotti was robbed and viciously attacked at his club around 4 p.m. on March 16, 2016. He suffered a serious brain injury. 
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He says he has not fully recovered and relies on his wife for transportation. 

His brother helps him run Gilly’s. 

Benefit being planned for attacked business owner Jerry Gillotti of Gilly's. (Source: Archive)

Gillotti says he has entertained four recent offers to sell the business, but none of the offers were good. The business is not officially listed for sale, he said. 

The month-to-month agreement with the city also compromises matters, he said. 

Reached via text, Toni Bankston, the city of Dayton’s chief communication officer, said that Gillotti some time ago told city officials about his plans to eventually sell Gilly’s and have the new owner assume his lease. 

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“The city policy would not allow a new owner to simply assume the lease,” she said. “So we agreed to give the current owner a lease that is month-to-month. This would make it easier if and when the property needs to be turned over.”

Gillotti’s last lease with the city ended in May. 

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The business has operated in the space since 1972. It has hosted a list of artists, including Tony BennettB.B. King and John Lee Hooker

“I’ve had every jazz artist in the world,” he said. 

The Dayton Blues Society recently canceled its winter blues showcase at Gilly’s scheduled for Jan. 13. Gillotti said he could not guarantee his business would still be open. 

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Jerry Gillotti(Staff photo by Darin Pope)

The uncertainty of the month-to-month arrangement has also made it difficult for him to book bands in the future. He would have to front money, assuming the business would still be there. 

“I can’t be tied up with a month-to-month,” he said. 

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Because Gilly’s is a “show bar” as opposed to a traditional bar, Gillotti said he often has to pay acts up to 50 percent in advance to perform. 

Despite his current predicament, Gillotti said he can’t complain. 

I’ve had (45) years, and they have been good years,” he said. “I haven’t made a lot of money to be honest with you, but it is a passion to present the music in the right way.”  

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Gillotti at his club in 1977.(Contributed)

Moraine police shooting: Man killed is identified

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 5:52 AM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 12:54 PM

Moraine shooting: Man killed identified

A Moraine police shooting left one man dead after two officers said a man pointed a gun at them while they were investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle on Pinnacle Park Drive, according to Moraine Police Chief Craig Richardson during a news conference Friday.

Jamarco McShann, 23, was shot and killed by Moraine police Friday morning while officers were investigating a suspicious vehicle report. Moraine's police chief said McShann pointed a gun at the officers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
  • Deceased identified as Jamarco McShann, 23, of Dayton
  • McShann was in a white car ; windows shot out, surrounded by crime scene tape
  • Two officers questioned in investigation will be placed on leave; standard procedure
  • State’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation taking over investigation

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UPDATE @ 12:57 p.m.:

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation will lead the investigation into Friday's officer-involved shooting in Moraine, said spokeswoman Jill Del Greco. 

"Our Special Investigations Unit was requested by Moraine to lead this investigation into what exactly occurred," Del Greco said. "What we're going to be doing is conducting an independent investigation to determine the facts about what exactly occurred, and we'll go from there." 

Between six and seven BCI agents are on scene in Moraine.  BCI is not required to investigate officer-involved shootings, nor are departments required to ask for BCI's assistance, Del Greco said. But many departments ask for assistance.

At least 17 officer-involved shootings have been referred to BCI this year, she said. BCI's investigation will focus on whether there were any criminal violations during the incident, but will not make a determination on whether the officers violated any department policies.

BCI will refer its findings to the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office at the end of its investigation, Del Greco said.

UPDATE @ 11:09 a.m.:

Moraine police said two officers shot and killed Jamarco McShann, 23, of Dayton after McShann pointed a gun at police when they responded to a suspicious vehicle call, according to Police Chief Craig Richardson.

Richardson said they located McShann in the vehicle when they responded and McShann was pronounced dead on the scene following the shooting.

Sky 7 footage of the Signal 99 in Moraine

“We have an active investigation going on right now of an officer-involved shooting,” Richardson said.  “I will not be taking any questions.”

Richardson promised a more thorough update on the case at an unannounced later time.

“We will do a thorough, complete investigation,” Richardson said.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has arrived on the scene of the shooting.

UPDATE @ 10:37 a.m.:

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim removed from a Pinnacle Park Drive address this morning as Jamarco McShann, 23, of Dayton.

An autopsy is scheduled for today and a cause and manner of death were not immediately available.

UPDATE @ 9:25 a.m.:

A beige car is surrounded by crime scene tape and witnesses said it appears at least one of the windows in the vehicle may have been shot out on Pinnacle Park Drive in Moraine.


The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene and removed a victim, however no identity of the victim was released

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“I don’t know what happened, but I see the window shot out,” said Timeka Dreke, who said her son is best friend’s with who died this morning.

Officers called for extra assistance from across the county around 5:45 a.m. after a Moraine officer reported shots were fired.

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“Shots fired. Shots fired,” the officer said over police radio. “We need the medics out here.”

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UPDATE @6:34 a.m.

Crime scene tape is up and several officers are on scene of a county-wide call for help after shots fired report in Moraine.

Police have not commented on what led up to the incident.

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UPDATE @5:51 a.m.

Officers have reportedly canceled a “signal 99,” a county-wide request for officers to respond. We are working to find out additional details.

A medic has been requested to the scene.


Officers have dropped a Signal 99 and have reported shots fired in Moraine.

A signal 99 is a county-wide request for officers to respond.

The incident was reported around 5:45 a.m. at an apartment complex on Pinnacle Park Drive.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Cooler, fall temperatures start to approach Miami Valley 

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 3:39 AM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 12:58 PM

Sunny skies and warm temperatures continue into the weekend.

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5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs


  • Warm and dry start to weekend
  • Cooling off next week
  • Showers return late Sunday night

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TODAY:  Lots of sunshine today and warm temperatures into the middle 70s. This is more than 10 degrees above normal. Clear skies and cooling off tonight. Falling into the 60s for Touchdown 7 football games, then into the lower 50s late tonight. 

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

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SATURDAY:  A very mild start to the weekend. Wake up temperatures in the 50s and climbing into the upper 70s for the afternoon. Highs will be about 15 degrees warmer than normal. Lots of sunshine and dry.

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(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

SUNDAY: Becoming a little breezy, but overall the day will be nice and warm with highs in the mid to upper 70s. Clouds increase into the night as a cold front approaches, but rain should hold off until very late Sunday.

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MONDAY: A few showers and gusty winds possible for Monday. Temperatures will start to drop as well with highs in the upper 60s. We’ll also experience cloudy skies.

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TUESDAY: Cloudy and cooler for Tuesday. We could see a few more showers, especially east. Highs will be in the upper 50s, which is finally cooler than normal.              

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OVI checkpoint planned tonight in Dayton

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 5:15 PM

(Nick Graham/Staff)

UPDATE @ 1:40 p.m. (Oct. 20):

OVI checkpoints will be held in two Dayton locations tonight between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Police will be out in the area of East Third and Terry streets and Keowee and East Fifth streets.


A sobriety checkpoint in Dayton is planned for this weekend. 

The Combined Agency OVI Task Force of Montgomery County will operate the enforcement, according to a statement released Monday afternoon. The location will be revealed this week. 

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According to the OVI task force, there were 596 alcohol-related crashes in Montgomery County in 2016. 

Fourteen people were killed and 273 were injured in those accidents. 

The majority of the deadliest crashes occur on weekends, according to task force officials.

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