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WL Plastics employee earns chance at $1 million

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Jackpot is a game but safety is not

By Sarah Bennett

A Hardin County man has an opportunity to win $1 million today.

Roger Shartzer, maintenance manager at WL Plastics in Elizabethtown, found out two weeks ago he was chosen to participate in the Safety Jackpot.

The nationwide incentive program provides employees with scratch-off cards for safety behaviors, according to the Safety Jackpot website.

Patrick Jarchow, safety coordinator at WL Plastics, said employees are evaluated weekly and have an opportunity to win up to five scratch-off cards a month.

The program draws winners quarterly and annually and Shartzer was selected as an annual winner, Jarchow said. He is the first winner chosen from WL Plastics, which manufactures high density-polyethylene pipes.

Jarchow said the Elizabethtown plant started participating in Safety Jackpot last July.

Shartzer, who has been with the plant since it opened in 2010, will have his chance to win the jackpot at 11 a.m. today, said Renae Todd, office administrator.

Asked about his reaction to the news, Shartzer said, “I hope I’ll get it. It would make life easier.”

Safety Jackpot representatives will visit the West Park Road plant with 25 money bags in tow, she said. Shartzer must match the correct two bags to win the $1 million prize, Todd said.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.