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North Olmsted man donates 30 years of history

North Olmsted man donates 30 years of history

(Cleveland) - An extensive Ohio Lottery ticket collection now has a new home. North Olmsted retiree George Kozak began collecting Ohio Lottery tickets when they were first issued in 1974, and carefully preserved them over the last 30 years.

Kozak tells Newsradio WTAM 1100 that he always loved to collect things, but when he decided to move into an assisted living facility, considered throwing the collection away so he would have more room.

Kozak's daughter convinced him to donate the collection of some 7,000 tickets to the Ohio Lottery, which now has a permanent display inside their downtown Cleveland headquarters.

The 89 year old Kozak says he's glad his collection now has a home. Until he turned the tickets over the Ohio Lottery he wasn't exactly sure how many he had.

Tickets are displayed in chronological order, and show how the Ohio Lottery has evolved over the past 3 decades.

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(Photos by WTAM's Ken Robinson)

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