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Cash Explosion to tape in Trotwood next month

The Ohio Lottery Commission’s visit to Trotwood next month for the taping of the Cash Explosion Road to Riches Show could generate tens of thousands of dollars in revenue for the city.

“We are bringing in all of our folks who are spending a couple of nights here. The cast, the crew, the contestants, frequenting local restaurants,” said Danielle Frizzi-Babb, Ohio Lottery spokeswoman. “We’re looking at approximately $34,000 that will be injected into the community as a result of the Cash Explosion Road Show coming here.”

“This is a great opportunity to profile the Trotwood community throughout the state of Ohio. They will be here on May 17 and we’re going to make sure that we’re going to roll out the red carpet to make sure it’s a great event for them,” said Trotwood City Manager Mike Lucking after a press conference Monday at the Trotwood-Madison City Schools Board of Education Building announcing the taping.

The two-hour taping will take place on May 17 in the gymnasium of Trotwood-Madison High School, 4440 N. Union Road.

No tickets are needed to attend this free family event that will seat 2,000. Seating is done on a first come, first serve basis.

Audience games begin at 1 p.m. and seating begins at 4:15 p.m., followed by the taping at 5 p.m. More than $10,000 in cash and prizes will be given away.

The show, which is tied to the Cash Explosion Instant Ticket, usually records at Mill James Productions in Columbus, but occasionally tapes on the road.

Patrick McDonald, chairman of the Ohio Lottery Commission, said he grew up in Trotwood.

“I’ve been on the commission for seven years and chair for the last four, so I had keen interest of making sure Trotwood would get due consideration for the next road show,” said McDonald, who graduated from Trotwood-Madison High School in 1979. “I love Trotwood and it will always be near and dear to my heart.”

McDonald went on to say that he’s glad that the Ohio Lottery will be able to use next month’s visit to help showcase his hometown.

“It features Trotwood on the show where we can look at Trotwood and see some special unique things spotlighted on the show,” he said.

As a part of the festivities surrounding the taping, the Ohio Lottery will be collecting non-perishable food items at the taping. The items will be donated to The FoodBank, Inc., a member of the Ohio Association of Food Banks.

Frizzi-Babb issued a challenge to the community to bring in at least, if not more food donations than the individuals who attended the taping in Lima, where the show collected over two tons of non-perishable food.

“The FoodBank serves over a 127,000 people who are food insecure, which means that they don’t know where their next meal is coming from,” said Laura Davenport, FoodBank’s Community Relations manager. “Having the Ohio Lottery Commission here in Trotwood means a great deal, especially since they have challenged us to have the community to bring over two and a half tons of food to help support the families in need here in the Miami Valley.”

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