Former Sheriff Uses Part of Lottery Winnings to Build New Rec Center

Former Sheriff Uses Part of Lottery Winnings to Build New Rec Center

"When I went down to Charleston to pick up my check, I told them I'm going to spend the money in West Virginia, on West Virginians. And that's what I've tried to do," Randy Smith said.
BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va. - The words "lottery winner" may bring to mind stories of poor financial decisions, fleeting friends and unhappiness. But Randy Smith, a native of Berkeley County and a former two-time Berkeley County Sheriff, is out to change that status-quo.

"When I went down to Charleston to pick up my check, I told them I'm going to spend the money in West Virginia, on West Virginians. And that's what I've tried to do," Smith said.

Smith won $79 million in the West Virginia Power Ball Lottery in 2011, and since then has donated millions of dollars to causes, like the West Virginia Community Foundation and local fire and police departments.

"Berkeley County and its citizens have given me a job for 30-something years, and now I'm trying to pay it back," said Smith

On Wednesday Smith was honored by the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Park and Recreation Board for his $2,100,000 donation, all of which went to building the W. Randy Smith Recreation Center, located next to Musselman High School.

Steve Catlett, the Executive Director of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Park and Recreation Board said, "We know how important it's going to because 12 years ago, we built one in Martinsburg, our first recreation center, and the impact it has had on the community has just been unbelievable. And now to be able to open up and dedicate a second one, it's just a tremendous thing."

Kenley Campbell, and her friends at Musselman Middle School think, "It's going to be pretty fun, pretty awesome to have."

The center will be used for many different activities including athletic games, adult and children's fitness classes and public events.

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