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Lucky stone comes through for Ohio lottery winner

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Rick Jesionowski of Cleveland hit the lottery twice last year, hauling in $2,500, then $10,000. He hit again this month. $2 million.

"The lottery's been good to me," he said at a Wednesday news conference. "I've also hit a thousand a few times."

Luck? You bet.

When a reporter asked Jesionowski what his secret was for winning, the lucky man pulled three stones out of his jeans — jade for luck, crystal for energy and rose quartz for love. He said he has been carrying the stones in his pocket for 30 years.

Then from his wallet he pulled out a 1921 silver dollar he carries and a picture of Jesus. "I try to cover all my bases," he said.

Jesionowski, 50, a furnace operator for an electronics parts manufacturer in Strongsville, lives in a 104-year-old house in the West Side Cleveland neighborhood where he grew up.

He was one of 16 people eligible for the Ohio Lottery's Top Prize Drawing after he won $2,500 from an instant Bonus Millions ticket.

The $2 million Top Prize Drawing was held Dec. 3, but lottery officials didn't tell Jesionowski he was the winner until Wednesday.

The plan was to surprise him at the news conference. To lure him to their downtown offices, lottery officials told him he had to sign papers to be eligible for the drawing.

But Jesionowski said none of that made sense, and he guessed he was the winner. The jaw-dropping surprise was blown.

In the glare of lights from television news cameras however, Jesionowski was as happy as a wide-eyed kid on Christmas morning. "I'm going right over to Central Cadillac and test-drive a Hummer," he said.

During the news conference, Jesionowski's 29-year-old daughter, Jinger, got a call on her cell phone from her uncle Larry. "Dad just won $2 million," she told him. "Are you kidding?" Uncle Larry cried through the speaker phone. "Good for him. God bless him."

Jesionowski's son, James, 29, who is in the Air Force in Youngstown, also called during the news conference. "I just won $2 million, son," Jesionowski said.

Jesionowski, an ex-Marine, played football for Holy Name High School. He said he plans to stay in his old neighborhood and keep working.

"I like my job," he said. "I make good money."

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RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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Posted: December 13, 2007, 10:20 am - IP Logged

"I'm going right over to Central Cadillac and test-drive a Hummer," he said.

The next time I'm in Cleveland I might do the same, that way I might get a sense of how it feels to win $2 millions.

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    Jani Norman's avatar - BGscRv1CUAEf32Z
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    Posted: December 13, 2007, 10:27 am - IP Logged

    "Quote" When a reporter asked Jesionowski what his secret was for winning, the lucky man pulled three stones out of his jeans — jade for luck, crystal for energy and rose quartz for love. He said he has been carrying the stones in his pocket for 30 years.

    Then from his wallet he pulled out a 1921 silver dollar he carries and a picture of Jesus. "I try to cover all my bases," he said.

    Now I know what my problem is i'm not carrying anything for luck....I've got to get me some stones... Anyone know where you can buy these objects....

    "I am what I am by the grace of God."

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      Posted: December 13, 2007, 1:57 pm - IP Logged

      congratulations to this winner. his routine sounds alot like mine i try to cover all my bases but he has won millions so im waiting for my turn to win now.

        Captain Lotto's avatar - CaptLotto
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        Posted: December 13, 2007, 3:13 pm - IP Logged

        Where is his rabbit's foot?  Wink

        Captain Lotto

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          Posted: December 13, 2007, 6:00 pm - IP Logged

          For a second, looking at the name, I thought it might be our "RJ" from Oh. Big Grin

          In neo-conned Amerika, bank robs you.
          Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms should be the name of a convenience store, not a govnoment agency.

            go4it-andwin's avatar - drevil
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            Posted: December 13, 2007, 6:49 pm - IP Logged

            Congratulations to ya Rick, keep on playing and maybe youll hit it for the megabucks...I always tell people that if you dont play lottery your odds of winning are ZERO....ive hit it for a few hundred on the instant tickets lately...but i want the bigbucks...ill keep trying... Merry Christmas to all the lottery players!

            with a prayer and 6 lucky numbers...im beach bound!

              JADELottery's avatar - HoodeMe0
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              Posted: December 13, 2007, 7:07 pm - IP Logged

              Do Family Jewels count?

              I've been caring them around for years and all they seem to do is give me bad luck.

              Maybe I need to sprinkle a little petrified pulverized powered leprechaun on them with a little fairy dust mixed in, aye?

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                Posted: December 13, 2007, 8:33 pm - IP Logged

                Do Family Jewels count?

                I've been caring them around for years and all they seem to do is give me bad luck.

                Maybe I need to sprinkle a little petrified pulverized powered leprechaun on them with a little fairy dust mixed in, aye?

                     Been there.  Done that.  Didn't work.  Still broke.

                  justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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                  Posted: December 13, 2007, 8:45 pm - IP Logged

                  Do Family Jewels count?

                  I've been caring them around for years and all they seem to do is give me bad luck.

                  Maybe I need to sprinkle a little petrified pulverized powered leprechaun on them with a little fairy dust mixed in, aye?

                  You beat me to it!   I was going to say to Jani when she wrote "I've got to get me some stones" that those operations are very tricky.  I know a lot of people, however, who use crystals for healing.  Why not? 

                   

                   He said he has been carrying the stones in his pocket for 30 years.

                  Actually, my first reaction to this story is that the man should at least buy a new pair of jeans.  30 years?  Yuck.  No wonder he needs a Hummer.

                  I am happy for him, and I understand why he wants to keep his job as a furnace operator.  However, after winning $2 million he might get a lot of heat from his co-workers.

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                    Posted: December 13, 2007, 9:11 pm - IP Logged

                    Ah, if we ever lose Dave Barry ... Big Grin

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                      go4it-andwin's avatar - drevil
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                      Posted: December 14, 2007, 12:53 pm - IP Logged

                      Ive tried everything but praying to a statue of buddah...anyone have a statue i can borrow for tonights megamillion drawing?Big Smile

                      with a prayer and 6 lucky numbers...im beach bound!

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                        Posted: December 14, 2007, 7:39 pm - IP Logged

                        SmileI wish I was in his family !  Ha ha Smile Congratulations  Mr Lucky !

                        Miss Charli

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                          Posted: December 15, 2007, 9:43 am - IP Logged

                          Sidebar question: what do YOU carry around for "good luck"*?

                          ideas:

                          Cigarette lighter from the C&L Super Serve**

                          Plastic "Battle Ship" representing E. Battle from Ohio.

                          Keychain from Rutgers University.

                          PocketPC running prg. to help pick numbers.

                          Piece of toast (in plastic bag) with image of Virgin Mary on it.

                          .....any other ideas? 

                          *for amusement only...carrying any object other than your best algorithms does not increase or decrease your odds of winning a prize but it's fun anyway!

                          **I can't find it though, it's somewhere in WV.

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                            Posted: December 15, 2007, 10:21 am - IP Logged

                            I must be odd, because I don't carry around anything for good luck.  I just buy my tickets. Plus, I wouldn't have any room to carry all those things around that that guy seems to carry. LOL