AKRON, Ohio, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy Solutions announced its first round of winners as part of its Thanks a Million giveaway, an opportunity for residents and businesses throughout Ohio to win cash prizes and secure a low electric generation price for four or seven years. All eligible Ohio residents and businesses that enrolled in a FirstEnergy Solutions electric generation offer between August 1, 2012, and October 31, 2012, were automatically entered into the giveaway. To date, four businesses have won $50,000 each, four residential winners have won $25,000 each, and FirstEnergy Solutions has given $50,000 to each residential winner's local school district to use for an under-funded program, supplies or however they see fit. Judy Hardy of Newark, Ohio, was a residential winner. "I am thrilled to be a winner, and I want to thank FirstEnergy Solutions," said Hardy. "I am so pleased that Newark City Schools was also a winner. I signed up for First Energy Solutions after contacting them regarding their rates and saving money on my electric bill. Thank you again, FirstEnergy Solutions." " Newark City Schools is grateful to FirstEnergy Solutions for the generous donation, and also to Judy Hardy for applying for it," district Treasurer Jeff Anderson said. "The money will go into our general fund, where it will likely be used to further upgrade the technology available for student use in the classroom," Anderson said. "As an Ohio-based company, FirstEnergy Solutions is committed to helping ensure the people and businesses in this state continue to thrive, which is why we created our Thanks a Million giveaway," said Trent Smith, vice president of Sales & Marketing for FirstEnergy Solutions. "It's a good boost to our economy and it directly benefits eight Ohio school districts with much-needed funding." FirstEnergy Solutions is also making long-term fixed price offers available to residents and businesses interested in locking in an electric generation price for four or seven years.