The Ohio Lottery’s Cleveland office wishes a longtime retailer well

At 80 years old, retiring Ohio Lottery retailer Marianne James has the energy and determination of a person more than half her age. One of 11 children born to a working class family in Berlin, she’s always been a survivor. She survived bombing campaigns in World War II, met her husband Richard, a U.S. serviceman in Germany during the war, immigrated at age 24, and made a life here. She raised a daughter and two sons, and after her husband died in 2000, ran their small convenience store in Slavic Village.

She’ll miss her customers. “We talk like family,” she says of them. “I treat people well.”

She’ll also miss the Lottery and the sales staff who have supported her throughout the years. “Every sales rep I’ve had, they love me.”

The feeling is mutual.

marianne and friends, edited





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